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 are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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