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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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