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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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