Day in history for February 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The authorities of Chicago are killing dogs in that city. Served 'em right. We are doing the same thing here.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Charles Wolff opposite the post office was advertising for pigeons, offering to pay 10 cents apiece.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island naval reserve unit gave its fifth annual ball at the armory hall last evening. One hundred couples attended.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The period for filing of primary petitions closed with only one contest for a Rock Island County office slated.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Representatives of the city council, park board and recreation commission voted 21 to 0 to locate Rock Island's $300,000 swimming pool in Lincoln Park, provided no other more centrally located site can be found. The action was taken when it was learned the park board strongly opposes location of the pool in Long View Park.

1978 -- 25 years ago
For those who believe in fairy tales, Rock Island High School is switching some of its 1978 football games from Friday nights to Saturday afternoons because its stadium lights are inadequate. ``Lighting is secondary,'' according to Preston Walker, chief of security for the Rock Island School District. ``It's security. It's all the problems with the kids sneaking over the fence, getting in fights in the stadium and drinking.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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