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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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