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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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