Day in history for March 23, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The steamer Dr. Franklin, which has been on the docks at Baily And Boyle's Boat Yard during the winter, undergoing repairs, took to the water on Thursday, looking as clean and bright as new. The Franklin is to run a regular packet from Galena to St. Paul.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Will Barnes, Louisville, Ky., was stopping at the Harper House in Rock Island.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Captain and Mrs. E. Stinnett of St. Louis arrived today to take charge of the work of the Salvation Army in Rock Island.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Martin E. Strieter was reelected president of the Rock Island chamber of commerce.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, Davenport, has applied for a federal permit to place a submarine communication cable across the Mississippi River between Rock Island and Davenport, according to Colonel G.A. Finley, district engineer of the Rock Island district, U.S. Corps of Engineers.

1977 -- 25 years ago
More than $1 million will be needed to bring the Quad-City Nuclear Power Generating Station in Cordova up to federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission standards recently issued. Officials took reporters and photographers on a tour of the 560 acre site and announced that the security force will be expanded and a new guardhouse and fences may be constructed. According to the new regulations, at least ten guards must be on duty at one time.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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