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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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