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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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