Day in history for March 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
There were 16 manufacturers by water and steam power in Moline the past year with a total valuation of $333,500.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Burglars last night opened the safe of H. Burgower, the lumberman. The cash box was taken but it contained nothing but some private correspondence.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At the First Baptist Church, the Rev. H.W. Reed preached this morning on ``God's Work To Be Completed.'' The Rev. Thomas C. Lewis of Rock Island preached at this church in the evening.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A lone bandit held up the cashier of the Peoples Trust And Savings Bank, Davenport, shortly before noon today and escaped with $500.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Construction of a frame shelter on the roof of Moline Senior High School for the city's skywatchers will be done under the direction of Moline Exchange Club. The club voluntarily took on the project when it was discovered that the plane spotters had no protection from wind, rain or snow. Plans are being made for heating the shelter.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Lutheran and Moline Public Hospitals are exploring the possibility of linking the institutions with an enclosed bridge, a spokesman for the two hospitals said today. The possible sharing of services is under study by the administrations and boards of the two hospitals to determine possible cost savings and improved efficiency.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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