Day in history for March 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Sheriff Swander has rented the house recently occupied by J.H. Hatch in this city and soon will become a resident of Rock Island.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Frank Arbor of London, England, was registered at the Harper House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The McConochie forces won at the Republican primaries yesterday, defeating the Knox men. Aldermanic candidates chosen were Frank Westbay, Louis Eckhart, William Hause, Robert C. Benson, Frank E. Robbins, Fred G. Gall and Joshua R. Brooks.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Gov. Len Small and his running mates will present claims to the voters at a rally in Rock Island Masonic Temple tonight.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Erection of a 52-foot weather tower on top of the Rock Island Bank And Trust Co. building in Rock Island is well under way with two of the five sections already in place. If the work proceeds on schedule, the ``weatherstick'' will be placed in operation late tomorrow afternoon, according to Ray W. Osterman, president of the bank.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A score or more of Silvis school youngsters were on the march again today, protesting the cut in the music program that was approved by the school board last week. Carrying signs printed with various versions of ``save our music,'' the pupils gathered at George O. Barr School and organized for their march to downtown Silvis.

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1864 — 150 years ago: The Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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