Day in history for March 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. L.M. Webber has received new and beautiful styles of goods for ladies dresses, fresh from New York. An editor, with an empty purse, is tempted to buy, they are so handsome.

1878 -- 125 years ago
By the action of Mayor Reynolds in casting the deciding vote, the Rock Island city council refused to confer equal privilege to the Diamond Jo Line of steamboats as enjoyed by the Northern Line.

1903 -- 100 years ago
William C. Maucker, Democratic candidate for mayor in Rock Island, announced he was opposed to harboring women in saloons.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Dr. F.A. Hainline was elected president of the Rock Island Civic Music Association.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Drinking from a catsup bottle resulted in arrest last night for an unidentified man in Rock Island. Officers, called to Walgreen Drug Co., 1800 2nd Ave., said they found the man in a booth tilting a bottle of catsup. They also reported finding part of a bottle of wine on his person. Police said he could not and would not give his name.

1978 -- 25 years ago
When engineers boring for a water tower site in Silvis hit an old coal mine shaft, they uncovered a major part of Rock Island County history. Test digging this week uncovered the shaft, at a depth of 50 feet, just south of the Semri Theater, 10th Street and 14th Avenue. According to an 1878 report, fuel was being dug from 26 mines in the county.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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