Day in history for March 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A company calling itself the South Bend Invincibles crossed the river at this point bound for Sacramento City. The company consisted of 45 men, eight women, two children and 80 horses.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. George R. Palmer preached at the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church this morning. There was no evening service on account of a temperance meeting in Dart's Hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Company A gave a masked ball at Armory Hall last evening. About a hundred couples attended. Bleuer's orchestra furnished music. William McGuinn and Miss Sadie Montgomery won first prize for the graceful waltzing. Clyde Pegg and Miss Theola Brown won the costume prize, and the award for the best cake-walkers went to Mr. Tiedemann and Miss Bloomquist.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Newell Dailey of Hillsdale was named editor-in-chief of the 1928-29 Augustana Observer, student weekly.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A new power-packed air raid warning siren will be tested tomorrow at Rock Island Arsenal. Officials believe it will be heard over a several mile radius. The 7.5 horsepower, vertical, nondirectional siren will be tested at noon.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Today's temperature, inching into the 80s, has been hailed as a record breaker for this date by the U.S. Weather Service. The warmest temperature on record for this date was set at 77 in 1971.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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