Day in history for March 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The public demands a good line of daily coaches to Peru, immediately. Scarcely a day passes but passengers land here from the boats, intending to take the Rock Island route to the East, and are obliged to go to Rockford because they can find no conveyance to Peru.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Enrollment in Rock Island public schools for the month ending March 29 totaled 1,789 according to Supt. Everett.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Manager Donnelly added Frank Schlieberg, Milwaukee, a pitcher, Charles Schmidt, Arkansas, a catcher, and Edward Powers, Cairo, an outfielder, to the Rock Island baseball team.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William R. Carse, Rock Island, was re-elected to his third term as president of the Illinois State Bottlers' Association.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Augustana College received $309,332 of the estate of Frank A. Larson, wealthy Chicago publisher. Larson, who was publisher of the Swedish-American Tribune, died in 1951 at the age of 79, leaving two wills. One will gave the bulk of his million-dollar estate to Augustana College. The other left most to a brother and a housekeeper and excluded Augustana.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Woodhull Non-Partisan Women's Christian Temperance Union is making plans to build a new Clover Twp. library. The group recently announced the purchase of a lot for the library at E. 4th Ave. and N. Division St., Woodhull.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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