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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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