Day in history for March 4, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Quite a spirited revival has been in progress for a week at the Rock Island Methodist Church.

1877 -- 125 years ago
After four ballots, volunteer firemen elected James Johnston as Rock Island fire chief. He is a good young man, but it is regretted by The Argus that Thomas Bollman was not reelected. He was defeated simply because he stopped the rowdyism in the firemen's club houses.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. A.C. Dart, 60, died in the family residence on 21st Street, Rock Island. The daughter of Dr. Patrick Gregg, she was one of the city's oldest native residents.

1927 -- 75 years ago
E.A. Appelquist was elected president of the Rock Island division of the Mississippi Motor Club.

1952 -- 50 years ago
The fact that his little one-room trailer home was on fire did not perturb Manuel Montecino, who remained in bed while East Moline firemen doused the flames which lapped at his roof shortly before 11 o'clock last night on Campbell's Island.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Those soaring coffee prices, a 3-pound can soon will cost nearly $11 in the Quad-Cities, are no accident according to a secret State Department document revealed by Rep. Benjamin Rosenthal. The New York Democrat, who chairs a House subcommittee investigating coffee prices, said the document proves State, Treasury and Commerce Department officials knew the 1976 International Coffee Agreement would mean higher coffee prices for consumers.

Back: Available days in March 2002

Local events heading

  Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

(More History)