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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.

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