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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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