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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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