Day in history for March 6, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Our citizens are waking up in earnest to the necessity of starting the plank road system immediately. It is the only true policy if we expect farmers to visit and trade with us.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The fifth reunion of the Illinois Association of Veterans of the Mexican War (1846) is being held in the Baldwin House, Monmouth.

1902 -- 100 years ago
At a tumultuous Rock Island County Republican convention, delegates refused to endorse the G.O.P. administration of Governor Yates, but endorsed the national administration. L.S. McCabe, Rock Island, was endorsed for state senator.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The East Moline High School basketball team failed to score a single field goal in a game which Rock Island High won, 19 to 9. All East Moline points were scored by free throws.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Hawkins, Moline, became the parents of the second set of twins born to them within 13 months, a 3-pound, 12-ounce girl and a 5-pound, 6-ounce boy. On Feb. 10, 1951, the Hawkins became parents of twin boys.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Galesburg is among three middle American cities and towns selected for an experimental project to rehabilitate their downtown districts. Madison, Ind., and Hot Springs, S.D., also were chosen from among 69 cities which entered a 10-state competition sponsored by the Main Street Project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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