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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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