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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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