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: 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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