Day in history for March 29, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Hundreds of people are selling out at a great sacrifice in order to go to California to hunt gold. Those who write from there and those who return are unanimous in saying that anyone who can get along here should not for a moment think of leaving. Those who go should realize they have bought a ticket in a lottery, there are 100 blanks for each prize.

1877 -- 125 years ago
There is much feeling in town over C.S. who went to Chicago with a load of cattle and did not return. He leaves a wife, 12 children and debts of $20,000.

1902 -- 100 years ago
C.H. Deere will give a $300 vase in memory of his father, John Deere, to the courthouse. The Deere vase will match the S.R. Cobb memorial vase, and they will be placed on opposite sides of the east walk.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Delegations from Rock Island and Moline went to Springfield to urge passage of a bill to make Watch Tower a state park.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman appealed for the return of a wagon that was taken from the Boy Scout camp below Andalusia. The wagon was loaned to the scouts by the J.I. Case Company and the scouts have no money for replacing the wagon if it is not returned.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The possibility of developing an estimated $4 to $5 million dollar high rise complex for the elderly in Green Rock, which would include the annexation of about 10 acres of land, was presented to the city council.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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