Day in history for March 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The resignation of F.S. Nichols as city clerk of Rock Island was handed in and accepted by the city council. Alderman B.D. Walsh was named clerk pro-tem.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The initial performance of the ``Dutch Recruit'' was held last night at Dart's Hall under auspices of the Rodman Rifles.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Democrats last night nominated the following: W.C. Mauker, mayor; S.R. Kenworthy, city attorney; H.B. Simmons, treasurer; M.W. Battles, assessor; and J.C. Auld, collector.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The steamer W.J. Quinlan, remodeled and repainted, will steam up the river tomorrow from Kahlke Bros. boat yard to the 18th Street levee in Rock Island to begin summer trips.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A new warning against motorists operating cars equipped with `Hollywood' exhaust or defective mufflers was issued today by Acting Chief of Police Lawrence O. Jones in Rock Island. Jones said his department has received numerous complaints of motorists making excessive noise on city thoroughfares late at night.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials are two-for-two in their bids to secure over $400,000 in federal Economic Development Administration grants the past two years following confirmation of $102,400 earmarked for weatherproofing and remodeling of the city hall annex building.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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