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: 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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