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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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