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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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