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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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