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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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