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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  Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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