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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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