Day in history for March 24, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island post office has been moved to the south side of Illinois Street above Eagle (2nd Avenue and 17th Street). The new rooms are larger and better fitted up than the old.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Harper House in Rock Island always is crowded on Sundays. Travelers make it a point to stop at that finest hotel west of Chicago.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. George B. Simon preached his farewell sermon at First Baptist Church, Rock Island. The church was packed, the pastor being very dear to the congregation. He resigned because both he and his wife are ill.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. W.J. Sweeney of Rock Island was elected regent of the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Little swivel-wheeled platforms, known as gym scooters, have brought joy to gym classes at Rock Island High since they were introduced there last November by the new principal, Charles O. Austin, Jr.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Two-and-a-half years ago Dennis Hitchcock attended a convention where he heard a great deal about dinner theater. He immediately made a connection between the entertainment potential of a dinner playhouse and the Quad-Cities. Today, the Quad-Cities dinner theater envisioned by Hitchcock is getting close to reality. Hitchcock has taken over the Fort Theater in downtown Rock Island and plans to open the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse there this summer.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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