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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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