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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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