Day in history for February 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The committee appointed to examine the grass cutter manufactured by Mr. L.O. Lockwood of Rock Island reported it found the machine, made of cast and wrought iron, well put together and exhibiting evidence of ingenuity.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A.C. Vegiard, Elmira, N.Y., manager of ``The Dutch Recruit,'' was registered at the Bellows House. He was selecting characters for a play to be produced shortly by the Rodman Rifles.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Republicans at primaries held last night chose delegates to the judicial convention. They will support Judge W.H. Gest.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island aldermen voted to abandon the city hall bond issue and submit only the barge terminal proposition to the voters April 7.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Scott County hog feeders, who have been feeding raw garbage to their stock, took steps to comply with legislation adopted by the Iowa legislature which prohibits the feeding of garbage unless it has been boiled for 30 minutes.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Area Vocational Center at United Township High School sold its 10-room house a lot faster than usual this year. And the sale gave vocational teachers and school business manager Larry Dussliere a lot less than their usual quota of headaches. For the first time, the school was allowed to sell the house through a local real estate firm because of a change in state law.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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