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.

Back: Available days in March 2003



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






(More History)