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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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