Day in history for February 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The result of the vote on Saturday last upon the proposition to obtain a piece of land of Judge Spencer equal in size to the public square for the purpose of leasing it to some person who would erect and keep a first-class hotel was 12 for the proposition and 169 against it.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A party, termed the ``secret brotherhood,'' was alleged to have agreed upon aldermanic candidates as follows: 1st Ward, Fred Koch; 2d Ward, M.H. McCarthy; 3rd Ward, Joseph C. Cameron; 4th Ward, Andrew Anderson; 5th ward, Joseph Hillier.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Injuries received by Joseph Frew, switch tender in the Rock Island Lines yards, proved fatal.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Moline defeated Rock Island 46-23 and won the Tri-City conference basketball title.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A new electrically powered water purifier unit, developed by the Army for field use, is being tested in Moline this week along the banks of the Mississippi River directly north of the municipal waterworks.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Augustana College choir fell victim this weekend to what may have been an onslaught of the Russian flu and was forced to cancel a concert for the first time in at least a decade. The choir was scheduled to sing at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford on Sunday, but more than a third of its 73 members were home in bed.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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