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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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