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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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