Day in history for February 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The recently prepared pre-paid postage envelopes have been rejected by the post office department. The contractors are to furnish better specimens.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A temperature of 33 degrees above zero was registered this morning by The Argus thermometer.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Delirious with alcohol and frantic over her confinement at police headquarters, Nellie Millsworth, who claims to be a variety actress, attempted suicide by hanging last night but was cut down in time to prevent serious consequences.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Cong. John C. Allen, Monmouth, announced his candidacy for a third term.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the second time within a month the Scott County treasurer's office is out of license plates, and it may be a week or longer before an additional supply is received from the Anamosa reformatory. Meanwhile 650 plates on hand when the over-the-counter sale was halted have been reserved for mailing to autoists who had applied for licenses by mail before the one dollar penalty went into effect Feb. 1.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The 13th of February proved to be unlucky for the Hampton snow plow, which got stuck axle deep in mud on the edge of the road on South 3rd Avenue. The village grader with the assistance of a wrecker was able to pull it out.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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