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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