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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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