Day in history for March 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
G.C.R. Mitchell, Esq. of Davenport is to be the Whig candidate for judge of the eighth judicial district in Iowa.

1878 -- 125 years ago
E.P. Reynolds, Citizen's candidate for mayor, defeated L.D. Woodruff in yesterday's election in Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
As the oldest mayor residing in the city, next to J.M. Buford who presided last year, Henry Carse will be toastmaster at the Rock Island Municipal Association banquet Thursday night at the Harms Hotel.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Nine auto accidents caused injuries to four persons in Rock Island during the weekend.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City Music Guild is budgeting $300 to be spent during the current year for increased training and instruction for performers in singing, dramatics and related stage activities such as scene designing, Earl H. Beling, guild president, announced today. The step is in line with the guild's purpose to encourage men and women in the Quad-City area in dramatic and musical achievement.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island youngsters are learning there's more to a policeman than just a stern demeanor, a badge and a gun. They're learning that policemen are ``ordinary'' people. They learn all this through Officer Friendly, a new program designed to bridge the gap between kids and cops and teach youngsters safety and responsibility.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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