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: 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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