Day in history for March 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We learn that a bill passed the legislature to set off a new county, from the counties of Will and Iroquois. Kankakee is the name given to the proposed county.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Black Hawk Post Office at South Rock Island was discontinued.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Municipal Association held its second annual reunion at the Hotel Harms. Officers chosen were W.H. Edwards, president; Gustave Stengel, vice president; H.C. Schaffer, secretary-treasurer.

1928 -- 75 years ago
James W. Armstrong of Rock Island was elected president of the board of trustees of the University of Illinois.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A survey of costs on widening of 5th Ave. between 15th and 20th St., Rock Island, with the primary purpose of alleviating parking conditions adjacent to the downtown area was ordered by Rock Island aldermen. The project was introduced by Alderman E.W. Robinson, Jr., of the 3rd Ward, chairman of the council's street and alley committee.

1978 -- 25 years ago
An all-time high of 93,041 Rock Island County residents are registered to vote, according to County Clerk William Foley. But neither Foley nor other politicians believe a lot of them are going to go to the polls Tuesday for the primary election. Foley guessed 11,000 to 12,000 Democrats would turn out, and about 3,000 Republicans.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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