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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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