Day in history for March 9, 2002

1852 -- 150 years ago
Yesterday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, this vicinity was visited by a severe hailstorm.

1877 -- 125 years ago
The Argus thermometer registered 25 degrees above zero at 7 o'clock this morning.

1902 -- 100 years ago
Rev. G.B. Simons, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Rock Island, accepted a call to Indianola, Iowa.

1927 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island YMCA bought the old Kemble Public School and playground adjoining the Y property on the west.

1952 -- 50 years ago
This is a little basketball drama with two scenes: Scene 1. The Galesburg regional high school tournament. Coach Bill Heerde directed his Knoxville team to a 49 to 42 win over Cambridge. Much excitement. Scene 2. The Heerde home in Knoxville. Also much excitement. Mrs. Marie Harris, who was babysitting, watched the Moline-Rock Island game on television. Dorothy Heerde, 5-year-old daughter of the coach, listened to a radio account of the Knoxville-Cambridge contest. Jane Heerde, 2, toddled into the bathroom and turned the lock. Firemen were called. They freed Jane by breaking down the door.

1977 -- 25 years ago
The mobile news van and two staff people of WQUA Radio, Moline, are featured in color pictures on the cover of the current Broadcast Engineering, a broadcast-communications trade magazine published in Overland, Kan. Peter Burk of WQUA staff wrote the magazine story, which accompanies the cover pictures.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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