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: 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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