Day in history for March 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A very base and cowardly attack upon the character of Hon. William E. Leffingwell appeared in the Davenport Gazette of last week. Mr. L. is the Democratic candidate for judge in the Eighth Judicial District, Iowa. We presume his reputation will not be injured by foul blackguardism from such a source.

1878 -- 125 years ago
At the Christian chapel, the Rev. Robert Swartz preached this morning on ``The Restoration of Primitive Christianity.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
John H. Colligan resigned as city editor of The Argus to connect himself with a newspaper in the metropolitan field. He was succeeded by E.E. Buffum.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Steve McGinley, a farmer residing near Milan, routed holdup men when they attempted to rob him.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The seventh housing subdivision in Moline to be developed since 1940 by Harley Moorhusen, local realtor, has been registered in the county recorder's office. The subdivision, Sheridan Park 2, comprising 13 acres adjacent to Prospect Park and south of Sheridan Park 1, will be offered for sale in two weeks in 25 lots.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Eighty-seven Rock Island school district teachers, most of them with tenure, were pink slipped this morning in the wake of staff cuts ordered by the school board. One administrator also was told he will be transferred. The moves were sparked by declining enrollment.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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