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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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