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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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