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 At that time, telephone crews at all fire stations and the police station made a simultaneous switchover from the outdated ring-down system to an automatic 10-line dispatching system.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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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