Day in history for March 25, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
The oldest inhabitant with the never-failing memory for the worst kind of weather left town this week because he was completely disgusted with the reappearance of winter in the form of a perfect hurricane of snow. The old codger couldn't say now that winters used to be worse.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The board of supervisors voted to allow the sheriff 50 cents a day for dieting prisoners in the county jail.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Buffalo Bill, who was born at LeClaire, has given up his wild west show and is engaged in a plan to colonize the valley of the Big Horn in Wyoming with 5,000 Swedes. He calls Swedes the best farmers in the world.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Decatur High School has been added to the Rock Island High football schedule of next fall.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The first modern alarm system for the Rock Island fire department in at least 27 years was placed in operation at 9 o'clock this morning. At that time, telephone crews at all fire stations and the police station made a simultaneous switchover from the outdated ring-down system to an automatic 10-line dispatching system.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Diane Harmening, 18, East Moline, is a deck hand on the Delta Queen, the first female to be officially named to that position on the famous Mississippi River cruise boat. The deck crew is responsible for scrubbing, cleaning and painting the boat.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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