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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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