Day in history for March 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We notice a shipment of 177 dozen corn brooms aboard the Badger State last Monday for St. Louis. They were manufactured by Mr. F.D. Rathbern of this city. Mr. R. has an establishment in the First ward where he carries on the business extensively.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Barlow Wilson of Primrose And West's minstrels gave a fine performance at Dart's Hall last night.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Preparations were being made to start the Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann sawmill. The raft boats will soon leave for Cattail Slough where there are enough logs to make a beginning on.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The 14th Judicial Circuit Republican Convention in Moline went into recess after the 254th ballot after a deadlock in a session to name a candidate for the vacancy of circuit judge.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Decontrol of prices began registering some increase in the Quad-Cities today as wholesalers reported price hikes in coffee, and sugar, while Illinois gasoline prices average one cent a gallon more than Iowa prices.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Todd Sutton, East Moline, and Jim Gunnerson, Moline, were sitting along the Rock River near Moline's Heritage Addition when a catfish, weighing more than 45 pounds, swam up near the shoreline. Sutton and Gunnerson tossed a piece of concrete at the fish, stunned it, and dragged the whopper ashore.

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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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