Day in history for March 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Rock Island and Camden Plank Road Company will be held at the courthouse Friday. Directors will be elected.

1878 -- 125 years ago
``The express brought in a quantity of ducks and wild turkeys this morning. What are our hunters doing?''

1903 -- 100 years ago
Enroute to Iowa City, William Jennings Bryan was in Rock Island today. He called on former Congressman Ben T. Cable.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Only 2,335 voted in the Rock Island primary yesterday. Five retiring aldermen, seeking renomination, were successful in the heat of the election race.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Theodore Speckel, 70, of 529 Western Ave., a Davenport resident for the last 50 years, died at 10:30 a.m. in her home after an illness of one year. Mrs. Speckel was a third cousin of Abraham Lincoln, and her grandmother, the late Mrs. Lucinda Hanks, was a first cousin of Lincoln. Marie Goodell was born Sept. 24, 1882, in Warren County. She married Theodore Speckel July 11, 1905, in Davenport.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A St. Louis firm that manufactures noisemakers says it is not ready to `snap to' a Moline ban on one of its products, ``snap 'n' pops.'' Moline Fire Inspector Blaine Johnson said the noisemakers fall under the category of ``torpedos,'' a noisemaker that explodes on impact, and therefore they are fireworks.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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