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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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