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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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