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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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