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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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