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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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