Day in history for March 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are happy to learn an effort is about to be made to excite a deeper interest in the subject of sacred music. C.B. Smith, a gentleman thoroughly qualified as a teacher, will meet with those who wish to form a class next Thursday evening at the Baptist church.

1878 -- 125 years ago
An Uncle Tom's Cabin show drew a good audience at Dart's Hall last night. A well known actress by name of Lottie took the part of Topsy.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Capt. William J. Ranson, a Civil War veteran who was wounded in the battle at Clarendon, Ark., died. He was born in 1841.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The sectional cage tourney will open Thursday at Augustana gymnasium with the field including teams from Galesburg, Rockford, Rochelle, Sterling, Orion, Galena and Macomb.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Albert M. Crampton, 53, of Moline, chief justice of the Illinois supreme court, and a prominent leader in Moline and Illinois civic activities, died this morning in Memorial Hospital, Springfield, where he was taken early yesterday afternoon after suffering a heart attack in the court chambers.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A little over five years ago, Virgil Mayberry, Rock Island, became the first minority applicant accepted in the apprenticeship program for patternmakers in the agriculture implement field. Today he is a full-fledged patternmaker at Deere Plow and Planter Works, Moline.

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1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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