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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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