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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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