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 ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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