Day in history for March 3, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
In many states people are petitioning their legislatures to adopt the Maine liquor law, which prohibits the sale of intoxicating drinks, but prohibition has been rejected by the legislators of Indiana and Rhode Island.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Isaac Negus was elected president of the Rock Island County Old Settlers Society at the Rock Island House.

1902 -- 100 years ago
The Home Improvement Association, meeting in the home of Mrs. Julia Rosenfield, planned to pay prizes next summer for homes and yards of Rock Island where the most improvement in beauty is achieved.

1927 -- 75 years ago
State's Attorney Ben S. Bell was appointed to represent the Illinois Lodge of Eagles in a plea for old age pensions before the Illinois legislature.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The motor-truck division of International Harvester Company has introduced for the first time in motor-truck history, factory-built liquefied-petroleum-gas-powered engines in the new 1952 models, O.A. Korn, branch manager of motor-truck sales, announced today.

1977 -- 25 years ago
An estimated 100 dead fish littered the Riverside Lagoon in Moline, atop a thin layer of ice, which formed overnight. The dead fish surfaced when warmer weather thawed the ice. The fish were apparently killed by a lack of oxygen, resulting from the abnormally thick ice during the extreme cold in January.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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