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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