Day in history for February 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
D.F. Kinney was elected president and George Mixter, secretary, of a Rock Island county agricultural society during an organizational meeting at the courthouse.

1878 -- 125 years ago
C.W. Durham, manager of the Romeo and Juliet combination, announced the acceptance of the kind offer of a benefit to be given at Dart's Hall, March 2, when a farewell performance of the tragedy will be given.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A petition signed by Rock Island residents asking that the train known as the ``Galesburg Passenger,'' recently taken off, be replaced, was not granted by P.E. Eustis, an official of the Burlington Road.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Fire in the basement of the Garden Shop, 314 20th St., Rock Island, caused an estimated $1,000 damage.

1953 -- 50 years ago
James Fuller, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Stanley Fuller, Moline, is playing the leading character part in the Shakespearean comedy, ``Twelfth Night'' which will be presented at Roosevelt Military Academy, Aledo, starting March 17.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Ruth Nelson, Westwood Terrace, Moline, has earned her high school diploma from American Correspondence School, Chicago. Forced to leave high school after two years, the 84-year-old woman has kept her dream of graduation alive since 1910. Her class graduated in 1912 without her, but this week the former Ruth Gustafson was able to say she had earned her sheepskin.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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