Day in history for March 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Porter's Book Store in Rock Island was advertising fresh arrivals by express of ``Uncle Tom's Cabin.'' Copies were selling for 50 cents each.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A new bus arrived from St. Louis today for the Rock Island House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Freemont Butter Tub Co. sustained a $15,000 loss in a fire that presumably originated from spontaneous combustion.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William B. Schroder was elected exalted ruler of the Rock Island Elks.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An Alpha woman flying her plane in which her husband and two other passengers were riding landed at Quad City Airport during a blinding snowstorm after she was ``talked'' down by FAA officials and other airport personnel. She is Mrs. H.N. Picard, wife of Dr. H.N. Picard. With them on a flight from Chicago were Dr. and Mrs. F.E. Bollaert, East Moline.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Historical House museum at 11th Avenue and 9th Street, Moline, owned by the Rock Island County Historical Society, is 100 years old this year. Mrs. Howard Dahlberg, Moline, Historical Society president, said the exterior of the house has been repaired and painted and the interior is in the process of being renovated and redecorated. An open house to mark the 100th anniversary of the house will be held when the work is completed.

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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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