Day in history for March 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council ordered the city measurer to request from the city measurer of St. Louis a certified copy of the rules of measuring lumber, timber and shingles, as used in that city.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It was announced that the Josie of the Diamond Jo Line with 13 carloads of freight for St. Louis, to be transferred at this point, will arrive in Rock Island tomorrow.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Sallie of Our Alley,'' with Trixie Frogenza as the star, was the attraction last night at the Illinois Theater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The women's debate team of Augustana College won the championship of the Illinois intercollegiate co-ed debate league.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An aerial map of Rock Island at a cost of $1,200 was approved by the city council. The successful bidder is Woltz Studios, Des Moines. Aldermen were told aerial photos now are recognized as the modern system for city planning, zoning and engineering layouts. The cost will be met from the city's postwar planning fund.

1978 -- 25 years ago
After more than 60 years in the sheep business, Lawrence Charlet of Lynn Center hit the jackpot. The birth of quintuplet lambs, under the watchful eye of their crossbred mother, is a one-in-a-million chance, experts say. Charlet says raising them all would be his ``crowning glory'' as a sheepman.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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