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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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