Day in history for March 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
On balloting to elect a Rock Island city clerk, Albert G. Brackett was declared duly elected. He succeeded F.S. Nichols who resigned.

1878 -- 125 years ago
E. Rider of Bushnell, master of trains of the Burlington Railroad, was registered at the Harper House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island Republicans nominated the following: William McConochie, mayor; H.C. Shaffer, city clerk; John K. Scott, city attorney; K.T. Anderson, city treasurer; J.L. Freeman, assessor; and William G. Pittman, collector.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The opening gun in the campaign for passage of the terminal bond issue was sounded at a meeting of elective officials with Rock Island Mayor Chester C. Thompson.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Shooter Kirky Word was hospitalized today. He swallowed his ammunition. The 12-year-old boy was going to practice anti-aircraft firing with a model airplane as the target and his peashooter as a gun. Kirky loaded his peashooter with a corsage pin, took a deep breath and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors removed the pin from his stomach.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline Conservation Club presented awards to its 1977 fishing contest winners this week. William Minnaert won the junior division competition while Bob Jamison and Sharon DeMeyer produced the prize-winning catches in the men's and women's divisions.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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