Day in history for March 19, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Excelsior, an old favorite with the public, has made its first appearance of the season at the Rock Island levee. The Excelsior, under the command of Captain Ward, is looking brighter than ever, having been refitted and repainted.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Score one more credit mark for Ben Harper. He has built 45 or 50 buildings in Rock Island since he came here in 1850. Now his home on 18th Street has been enlarged and remodeled in exquisite taste by Architect I.N. Holmes. (Note: Ben Harper's big house stood where the telephone building now is.)

1902 -- 100 years ago
Sheriff Cralle continues to beautify the courthouse yard with flowers and new trees.

1927 -- 75 years ago
F.C. Denkmann gave $5,000 to the Rock Island park board for construction of a wading pool in Denkmann Square.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Albert Blankenfeld was the envy of all the kids in his Geneseo neighborhood 60 years ago. And today he might well be envied by all the oldsters. How many others, at 74, can still do the splits? Near the turn of the century he traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus and was a top-billed contortionist.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The old 16th Street bridge to Rock Island Arsenal will not be repaired and reopened to traffic, leaving employees with only two means of access until a new Moline span is completed in late 1980, Army officials said today.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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