Day in history for March 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council adopted an ordinance creating the office of city surveyor.

1878 -- 125 years ago
E.P. Reynolds, the Citizens candidate for mayor, issued a denial of the statement made by those who were opposed to his political ambitions that if elected he would be absent from Rock Island a great deal.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that F.R. Hopkins, for a number of years agent in Burlington for the Diamond Jo Line, will this summer represent the Acme and Carnival City Packet companies in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Announcement was made today by Olof Z. Cervin of the formation of partnership between himself and William Stuhr for the practice of architecture.

1953 -- 50 years ago
One of Davenport's most imposing residences, for many years one of the showplaces of the city, has been sold. It is the home of Frank Kohrs, prominent retired Davenport businessman. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Eggers are the purchasers. The price was approximately $45,000. It is located on what is known as ``Marquette Heights.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
Nancy Wruck of LeClaire became the first woman ever to bowl a 700 three-game series in league competition in the Illinois Quad-Cities. Bowling in the Trio Classic League Wednesday night at Town And Country Lanes in Rock Island, Wruck rolled consecutive games of 237, 257 and 210 for a 704 count.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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