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: 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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