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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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