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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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