Day in history for March 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The ice is fast disappearing from the river. Boats could pass at this point now.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It being Sunday, the Rev. J.R. Findley of Central Presbyterian Church preached this morning on ``The Pearl of Great Price.'' His evening topic was ``How God Saves the Sinner.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
A.E. Ireland, general organizer for the American Federation of Labor, arrived yesterday. He will promote the strengthening of labor organizations in the tri-cities.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The new tri-city YMCA camp near Port Byron was named Camp Hauberg in honor of the donors, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Hauberg of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline's new $100,000 fire station, No. 5, at 23rd Avenue and 35th Street, went into official use early this morning. Announcement of the opening of the Highland house was made by Fire Chief John H. Polchow. Lt. Paul Swanson is the commanding officer of the first shift. The second shift will be headed by Capt. Richard Hasson.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Daily Dispatch announced the appointment of Len R. Small as editor and publisher and the election of Edgar A. Shipley as president of the newspaper. President Len H. Small will become chairman of the board in the reorganization. Len R. ``Rob'' Small came to the Dispatch in 1971 as associate editor, and has since served as executive editor and general manager.

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