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: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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