Day in history for March 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A delegation from Rock Island was invited to a dinner at the City Hotel in Peru, Ill., to celebrate the arrival of cars on the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The will of the late John W. Spencer was in course of probate. The instrument was dated Jan. 2, 1878, and was witnessed by E.D. Sweeney and William Jackson.

1903 -- 100 years ago
George W. McCaskrin, independent candidate for mayor of Rock Island, proclaimed the slogan: ``It's a matter of principle with me.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Burglars got more than $500 in gold and cash at offices of five Rock Island dentists.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Deputy Sheriff Melville H. Miller stepped into what he thought was a darkened elevator and fell about 20 feet to the bottom of the elevator shaft at the Rock Island County courthouse last night. Unaware that the elevator had been moved to an upper floor, Miller opened the outer door, stepped through to turn on the light and dropped from sight. Miller incurred a compound fracture of the left arm, and head lacerations.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Good morning! If you're a Dispatch subscriber, this first Saturday morning ``Sunrise'' edition replaces the old Saturday afternoon edition. Not only does Saturday Sunrise come at a more convenient time, it contains several new features. We hope you like it!

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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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