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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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