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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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