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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