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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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