Day in history for February 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We learn that the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of St. Louis, will establish an institution in Davenport. Mr. LeClaire, with his accustomed generosity, has donated to them an entire block of ground upon which to erect the buildings.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It was announced the Burlington Railroad will soon put on a freight train between Rock Island and Mendota, via Dimock.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Burglars effected an entrance into the Wolfmann residence on 30th St., Rock Island. They ransacked the place but got nothing of value for their pains.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Eighteen candidates, 12 on the Republican ticket, are seeking nominations for aldermen at the city primary March 13.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A new warehouse encompassing about 230,000 square feet is under construction at the Farmall Works of the International Harvester Company. The new building will cost more than $1,000,000. The new warehouse being built at the west end of the Farmall property, will be used for production material storage.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Arrowhead Ranch board agreed to seek additional state license bed capacity, and to try to keep a recently started aftercare program that helps boys adjust to living on the ``outside.'' The board agreed to ask the state to increase the number of boys Arrowhead may treat at a time from 64 to 72.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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