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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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