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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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