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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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