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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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