Day in history for March 31, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Books will be opened for subscriptions to the stock of the Rockford and Rock Island railroad May 1. Rock Island's means are principally invested in the Rock Island and Chicago railroad, but we hope to see enough subscriptions in behalf of the Rockford and Rock Island to show our appreciation of the importance of this work.

1877 -- 125 years ago
Captain John B. Davis left for St. Louis and from there will go to Bismarck where he will remain until he completes his contract for conveying government supplies.

1902 -- 100 years ago
People of the lower end of Rock Island County declared a boycott on Muscatine because of the toll rates over the bridge.

1927 -- 75 years ago
A car operator of the Tri-City Railway Company on 4th Avenue line was held up and robbed of $14 by an unmasked bandit at the end of the line in Moline.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Three railroads will begin a survey at railroad crossings in Moline to see if a signal system, which would provide more safety for motorists and pedestrians at the crossings, can't be worked out. The railroads offered to make the survey after Police Chief Harry Fromme read a list of 24 complaints on the crossing gate operations.

1977 -- 25 years ago
If motorists don't believe Moline's 16th Street between 30th Avenue and Black Hawk Road is really closed to traffic, they should ask the 30 drivers ticketed for disregarding the ``Road Closed'' barricades.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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