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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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