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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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