Day in history for January 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
William Van Tulle has been appointed postmaster at Davenport, replacing D.C. Eldridge who resigned.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Deacon Hawes presided over a meeting of citizens Saturday night at the courthouse when ways and means of helping victims of hard times were discussed.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The directors of the Three-I baseball league were in session this afternoon at the Harper House.

1928 -- 75 years ago
John M. Colligan, 53, managing editor of The Argus, died this afternoon at St. Anthony's Hospital after an illness of two years. He was an employee of The Argus for 39 years.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Duane McLaughlin and Carolee Mueller were the big winners in Rock Island's annual city skating meet held at Long View Park. The event, co-sponsored by the city and the Rock Island Optimist Club, drew an estimated 250 skaters and several hundred spectators.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Friday the 13th proved an unlucky day for a rural Geneseo family and for a lot of worms. A late morning blaze destroyed most of Gary and Shirley Miller's possessions as well as their rented house on U.S. 6. The fire also fried between 40,000 and 50,000 earth-grubbing critters being raised by Miller in his garage. Electrical heating tapes around the worm-growing bins apparently shorted and sparked the fire.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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