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: 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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