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 At that time, telephone crews at all fire stations and the police station made a simultaneous switchover from the outdated ring-down system to an automatic 10-line dispatching system.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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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