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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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