Day in history for March 26, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
A new vein of coal has been discovered in the bluffs this side of Camden (Milan). The newly discovered coal seems fully equal to the best coal in Rock Island County.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island had the first gas works, macadamized streets, railroad, daily paper, power press, street railroad, and waterworks. It is ahead of its neighbors in public works, but in some respects Rock Island is behind Davenport, which has an opera house, academy for young ladies, academy of sciences, hospital, and a home for fallen women. Moline is ahead in public lectures and fine school and church buildings.

1902 -- 100 years ago
A minister says he always refuses, in reading the marriage ceremony, to ask the bride to promise to obey. He doesn't think it is right to do so.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Oliver P. Olson and Mrs. A.P. Lindstrom, twins, celebrated their 75th birthday.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Ten huge red, white and blue trailers of the Alert America caravan pulled into Rock Island to herald the opening of the 3-day exhibit of the convoy in Rock Island Armory. Bearing a dramatic message of the dangers faced by America, and the need of civil defense measures, the caravan is expected to be viewed by thousands.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Former Moliner Gary Donohue and his wife, Carolyn Paulus Donohue, have the leading roles in a production of Brigadoon, being given by the Civic Theater in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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