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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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