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: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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