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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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