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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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