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.

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1864 — 150 years ago: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.

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