Day in history for March 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Among the emigrants to Salt river this spring we saw a large boat, on wheels and drawn by horses, pass through our streets last Monday on way over the plains. It had the name of ``Gen. Scott'' on its stern.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Milan was scheduled to hold an election tomorrow, Thomas Kerr was the nominee for president on both the Peoples' and National tickets.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Congressman and Mrs. George W. Prince of Galesburg were guests of Postmaster and Mrs. T.H. Thomas.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County taxes for 1927, including estimated railroad assessment, totaled nearly $3,000,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline Detective Sgt. Charlie E. Larson had to break down a bathroom door to rescue a 3-year-old girl who had accidentally locked herself in late this morning. The little girl, screaming hysterically, was unharmed.

1978 -- 25 years ago
It had been a tough semester, and the five Oral Roberts University students finally were beginning to unwind, as they winged their way toward the Quad-City Airport. The pilot, Dennis Granlund of Whitehall, Wis., began circling as he approached the airport, and that's when the landing gear jammed. The young pilot and crew kept their cool and prayed a lot. Finally the crew was instructed to climb to 3,500 feet, where warmer temperatures melted the frozen slush that had jammed the landing gear.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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