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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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