Day in history for March 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Last Friday evening a large number of the personal friends of the former editor of The Republican, L.S. Nichols, met at the Rock Island House. The long dining room was well-fixed, the oysters and other ``fixins'' delicious, the cigars excellent.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Nationals were badly whipped at an election in Milan yesterday. The Peoples ticket, elected without exception, included Thomas Kerr, president, and Thomas Johnston, A.R. Brown, J.E. Burrows, R.P. Dart, A. Cook and J.C. Adams, councilmen.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The county supervisors cast six ballots yesterday before they could decide on the architect for a new pauper house to replace a burned structure. L.M. Drack of Rock Island, finally was chosen.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The board of directors of the YWCA decided to close the dormitory because of the deficit it had caused for several years.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Permanent closing of foundry operations at the J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf about May 1 will release an estimated 250 men, many of whom are expected to be absorbed in other industrial plants in the Quad-Cities area.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A young Moliner has been accepted by the Audition Division to do television commercials in Rosemont, Ill., for national television. Angela Holliday, 5, will be working for the Geddes Agency, Chicago. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. James Holliday.

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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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