Day in history for March 20, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Remer and Grant of Davenport are trying to go ahead with their ferry, although our county judge has refused them a license. The Davenport Banner attacks the Rock Island ferry, but it should be said in defense of Captain John Wilson that he runs a good ferry and attends strictly to business.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Special trains will be run from Rock Island to Moline for the Emma Abbott concert.

1902 -- 100 years ago
George A. Price has bought out his father and uncle and is now the owner of the Boston Shoe Store, Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Dr. John McGown Stevenson, pastor of Broadway Presbyterian Church for nine years, resigned to accept pastorate in Jacksonville.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Six unimproved streets in Moline have been barricaded and others will be closed off if their conditions become serious enough to be a danger to motorists, Street Superintendent Clark M. Hartzell said today. This is the usual condition that crops up every spring. The only real solution is grading, but we can't do that until the frost is entirely out of the ground.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Moline parents will be responsible for vandalism by their children under an ordinance adopted by the city council. Moline aldermen unanimously approved the new ordinance, which provides fines of up to $500 for parents, in an effort to curb increasing destruction of city property.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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