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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