Day in history for March 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We would remind our readers that this is the season for procuring fruit trees. Messrs. Kinney And Hakes of the Rock Island Nursery have a good variety for sale, such as dwarf and standard pears, apples, etc.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Dr. Reynolds, reformed drunkard and originator of the red ribbon reform club, was scheduled to arrive at the Harper House tomorrow ``to give the hard drinkers here a twist.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Independent Voters Club elected: Joseph Charles, president; J.H. Luebeck, vice-president; E.E. Potter, secretary, and H.B. Dougherty, treasurer.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Canton won the Illinois cage tournament by using a slow-break offense, thereby upsetting West Aurora, 18 to 9.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Preparations for building an organization to raise $150,000 for major improvements at the campsite of the Fort Armstrong area council, Boy Scouts of America, adjacent to Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, were announced by Frank J. Budelier, council president. At the same time, Budelier announced Mayor Melvin L. McKay of Rock Island has been named general chairman of the campaign.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Employees at Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, ``staked out'' the troubled facility from midnight to sunrise this morning, hoping to spot the dog pack which slaughtered seven pygmy goats and injured another during a nocturnal raid Monday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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