Day in history for February 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
J.B. Danforth, Jr., Esq., of the Rock Island Republican has received the appointment of aid to Gov. Matteson. The sword and pistols have not yet come to hand.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A grand ball was held at the Harper House last night by the Hawkeye division, No. 41, Conductors Brotherhood.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Early yesterday morning fire damaged the home of Col. C.W. Durham to the extent of $2,500.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Miss Margaret Karlson, Rock Island, won first place in the ``Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'' contest conducted by The Argus and the Fort Armstrong Theater.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A 500-pound safe, containing about $900 in cash and $3,452 in checks, was stolen from the Shamrock Tavern, 8th and LeClaire, Davenport. Fearing that Davenport again may be the target for safe thieves, Police Chief Les Jurgens issued orders to all squad car officers to be on a ``close lookout'' while patrolling their beats at night.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Robert H. Hurlbutt, 2426 Kelling, Davenport, was named Engineer of the Year by the Quad-Cities Joint Engineering Council. Hurlbutt is the assistant chief of the engineering division, U.S. Army Engineer District, Rock Island. A registered professional and structural engineer, he has worked on locks 11, 15, 19, 21, and 22. He has received several previous awards for outstanding performance.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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