Day in history for February 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The postmaster general has officially announced that the United States postage on all letters to and from France, by way of England, is 21 cents, and on newspapers, 4 cents. This postage is to be collected and retained by the United States.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city council passed an ordinance giving to owners of halls or theaters the option of taking out a license for one to 10 years at the rate of $25 a year.

1903 -- 100 years ago
John Marshall, pioneer resident of Cordova township, died. In 1840, he and his brother, William, raised the first crop ever grown in that township.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island was the unequivocal choice of the Inland Waterways Corporation for location of a transshipment river terminal for the Quad-City district.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The first choice of the citizens advisory committee for the proposed new Moline High School is Oakwood Country Club. But Allen E. Rose, member of the board of the country club, declared that: ``Oakwood Country Club is not for sale!''

1978 -- 25 years ago
Two of four turbine units at a Moline power station operated by Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co. will be shut down at night to relieve neighbors in the 3rd St. hill area of a loud, ``howling noise.'' The units will be shut down after 10 p.m. until engineers can determine what is causing the sound.

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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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