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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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