Day in history for March 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to the Steamers Luella, Minnesota and Shenandoah for St. Louis papers. An advertisement of the Minnesota will be found in our paper of this week. She will leave this place for St. Louis on Friday morning next, and hereafter during the season on Sunday morning of each week.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Murphy and his company appeared in Dart's Hall last night in ``Kerry Gow.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Democratic city township committee last night named to its executive committee the following: E.W. Hurst, J.J. LaVelle, Dr. J.P. Comegys, T.J. Medill, Charles McHugh, E.C. Berry and L.D. Mudge.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Donations to the Greater Augustana College Fund passed the half million mark with a gift of $20,000 from Edward P. Denkmann.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport firemen marked up 30 alarms over the weekend as a sure sign of spring. Twenty-three of the calls were for grass fires that had gotten out of control caused, for the most part, by sparks from burning rubbish as householders began cleaning up their yards for the season.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Each of the 12,665 votes cast in Tuesday's election probably cost Rock Island County taxpayers slightly more than $5. When the expenditures of the candidates are added to the public cost, the cost per vote will near $10, probably the most expensive election ever conducted here.

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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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