Day in history for March 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is reported Messrs. Sheffield and Farnham will soon give us a good daily line of coaches via Moline to Geneseo and Peru; to run in connection with the cars on the Rock Island Railroad. This arrangement will meet with favor from all persons interested in the success of the road.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A fire at the Rock Island House, which originated in the kitchen, was soon extinguished. Two joists under the flooring were burned.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The steamer J.S. was due to arrive today from Keokuk. The boat was to undergo extensive repairs in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Greater Augustana College Fund was increased by $75,000 by a gift from the Weyerhaeuser family.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Officials and employees of The Argus were pushed and jostled by massed pickets who ringed the newspaper building about noon today in the 3-month-old strike of Quad-City printers.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Three years ago, Dorothy McElroy decided she wanted to try ``something sort of special.'' So the 31-year-old Rock Island woman, who had been doing set-up work for Deere And Co. for two years, bid for a place in the tool-and-die apprenticeship program at Black Hawk College. Now McElroy, Martha Wegener, Davenport, and Susan Clark, Galesburg, all Deere And Co. workers, are well on their way to becoming the program's first female graduates.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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