Day in history for March 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The New St. Paul and the Regulator arrived at our levee early on the morning of Friday last. We are indebted to the gentlemanly officers of the New St. Paul for the late St. Louis papers.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Members of the Rock Island Athletic Club were very busy today removing from their old quarters in the Harper block to a room in the post office block. One billiard table will be set up and the club men will meet there and be as social as usual.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Steamboat men were anticipating an unusually fine season on the upper Mississippi River.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William J. Stratton, candidate for secretary of state, was announced as an additional speaker for the Emmerson rallies on Thursday.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Larry Shaw, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shaw, Little York, has reached the conclusion that there is no such thing as a safe game. Larry fell backwards Wednesday at school while playing hide and seek. He suffered a broken right leg. Last fall, Larry fell from a horse, and this encounter with misfortune resulted in a broken arm.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. William A. Hewitt of Rock Island took the American Orchid Society trophy and Mrs. Marcia Whitmore of Coal Valley the Illowa Orchid Society trophy in the two-day show sponsored by the Illowa Orchid Society this weekend at SouthPark Mall.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.

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