Day in history for February 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The ice has broken up in the river, but is not gone out. Probably the river will clear of ice in a few days, when we may expect the boats to commence their regular trips.

1878 -- 125 years ago
P.T. McElherne of the law firm of McElherne And O'Mara announced his intention to move to Chicago and engage in legal practice.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A home-talent vaudeville show was given at the Illinois Theater last night under the auspices of Mrs. Ben T. Cable and a group of women. There was an exhibition by the girls' fencing drill team, songs by a ``Pickininny Chorus'' and a minuet dance scene.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Guy O. Rodgers, until recently head of the Rock Island Rescue Mission, will celebrate his ninth birthday Feb. 29, being one of the few ``Leap Year Babies'' in Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Barton Swales and Harry Martin, both of Rock Island, were fined $25 and assessed court costs by Police Magistrate Lester Eckstrom in Milan on charges of snagging fish. The two men were arrested by Harold Knight and Hank Hanna, conservation officers.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Quad-Cities Chapter of the Administrative Management Society crowned Terri Poell, senior at J.D. Darnall High School, Geneseo, the 1978 AMS Business Show Queen at the chapter's Education Night. She will reign over the AMS Business Show to be held March 28, 29 and 30.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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