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 Tuesday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2014. There are 71 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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