Day in history for March 22, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island needs a fire engine. When Webber's foundry burned, the result was a complete loss of six to ten thousand dollars, a sum which would buy several fire engines. Our city needs protection from fire as much as it needs rail and plank roads.

1877 -- 125 years ago
There was a small audience for the Emma Abbott concert in the Burtis Opera House, Davenport, last night. Whenever Davenport theaters have a crowd, Rock Island and Moline people must provide it, and the people of those cities heard her in Moline the night before.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Major Stanhope E. Blunt, commander of Rock Island Arsenal, was upheld by President Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of War Root. They ruled that Major Blunt had not interfered with labor-union organization and had not discriminated against union machinists.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The worst ice storm in many years coated wires, broke poles, and cracked trees. Telephone, power and street car services are paralyzed.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Deere And Co., Moline, has received an order from the Navy for manufacture of 155-millimeter high explosive shells. The value of the Deere contract has not been released, although it is well in excess of $250,000.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The Army will continue the realignment which includes transfer of the Rodman Laboratory from Rock Island Arsenal to Picatinny, N.J., U.S. Rep. Tom Railsback, R-Moline, said today.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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