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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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