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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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