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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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