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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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