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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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