Day in history for March 8, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Marcus B. Osborn, William Bailey and Lemuel Andrews have formed a company to build a plank road along the line of the county road (9th St.) for seven and a half miles.

1877 -- 125 years ago
John Gregg, son of Dr. Patrick Gregg of Rock Island, is in charge of the money order department in the Chicago post office. Young Gregg is a brother-in-law of General MacArthur, late postmaster of Chicago.

1902 -- 100 years ago
There will be no baseball team at Rock Island High School this spring. The high school always has had good teams, but baseball now seems to be a luxury, as most people seem to prefer football in the fall.

1927 -- 75 years ago
Republicans nominated William R. Carse for Rock Island mayor in a 3-way primary election contest. Democrats nominated Chester C. Thompson, who was unopposed.

1952 -- 50 years ago
Two Moline policemen and an off-duty fireman chased a wandering heifer over several miles of streets, alleys and yards before the animal was corraled in the Ernest Carwyn yard, 1710 12th St.

1977 -- 25 years ago
Sometime soon the Quad-Cities' last passenger train, the Quad-City Rocket, will chug routinely out of Rock Island terminal. It will never come back. The end of the line for it and a sister train, the Peoria Rocket, could come next month after the Illinois Commerce Commission hands down a decision allowing the Chicago, Rock Island And Pacific to bail out of the unprofitable passenger business.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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