Day in history for March 21, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Joseph Knox, Rock Island lawyer, has called for friends of education to hold a convention the first Thursday night of every month in the basement of the Baptist church. The need for common schools will be discussed.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Emma Abbott Opera Company sang to a crowded house in the Congregational church, Moline, last night. Because some Moline people aided the now famous singer to go abroad for study 10 years ago, she came to Moline for less than she charges elsewhere. The Sylvan Boat Club sponsored the concert.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island township Democrats, in convention, nominated the following for members of the county board of supervisors: John T. Shields, C.H. Seidel, Martin Weinberger and C.G. Waldman.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Prince William of Sweden visited Rock Island for the second time within a year.

1952 -- 50 years ago
A hearing was held by the municipal planning commission on the question of whether to rezone the Bolinger property in the vicinity of 38th Street and 28th Avenue, Rock Island, to permit construction of the duplex dwelling addition sought by the Merrion firm of Chicago.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Both Silvis city hall buildings will be cleaned by professionals beginning April 1, rather than by the individual now employed. The decision to hire a professional cleaner came in a 6-2 vote Tuesday night, after much prompting by Ald. Vince Papish.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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