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: 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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