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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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