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: 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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