Day in history for March 27, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Lemuel Andrews was elected to preside at the county Democratic convention at the courthouse. The delegates endorsed Stephen A. Douglas for president and D.L. Gregg for governor.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Dart's Hall was packed for what had been advertised as a service of song. But the singing was scarcely up to the average congregational psalm tunes, the sermon was exceedingly dull, and a collection was taken up to pay for renting the hall. Many felt they were cheated. Nothing free about it.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Local employees of the C.B. And Q. assembled at the passenger station and from there took a new chair along to the house of H.D. Mack as a farewell gift for him. He is leaving his position as passenger agent to be a general agent for the Santa Fe.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A committee is at work planning an Easter sunrise service to be held in the Rock Island business district.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Alleged low flying of a jet plane over Rock Island late yesterday afternoon was attributed to publicity for the Alert America civil defense exhibit to start tomorrow at the Rock Island Armory.

1977 -- 25 years ago
A 13-year-old Boy Scout helped cut the ribbon that marked the opening of a 10-mile hiking trail he mapped on Arsenal Island. Kurt Kolch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kolch of Arsenal Island, developed the Rock Island Arsenal Historical Trail as an Eagle Scout project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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