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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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