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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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