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: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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