Day in history for February 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
At a meeting of the hotel committee, Dr. Gregg reported that Judge Spencer would make a present to Rock Island of a piece of ground equal to half the public square, or a piece equal to the size of the public square for $1,500.

1878 -- 125 years ago
W.H. Gest, Rock Island city attorney, rendered an opinion that the city was legally obligated to keep its contract with A.F. Post in regard to his selling city bonds.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Caste,'' Robertson's old comedy, was presented at the Illinois Theater last night.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island mayor Chester C. Thompson endorsed the proposed river terminal bond issue and said he was willing to set aside the new city hall program for the greater interest of the city.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The citizens advisory committee to the board of education selected Browning Field and adjacent property as its second choice for the proposed new Moline High School. One physical advantage cited by the committee is the existence of Wharton Field House.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Dr. and Mrs. N.J. Katrana have donated an antique bell from the Plymouth Congregational Church, the first church building in East Moline, to Lutheran Hospital. The church cornerstone was laid June 20, 1906. The bell, which weighs over a ton, is incorporated into the hospital's new sign. Dr. and Mrs. Katrana have purchased the land where this church stood.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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