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 ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




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