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 At that time, telephone crews at all fire stations and the police station made a simultaneous switchover from the outdated ring-down system to an automatic 10-line dispatching system.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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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