Day in history for March 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The proceedings of the meeting to organize the Henry County Agricultural Society will be found in our paper. We are glad to see these organizations springing up in every county.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ben Harper announced he would begin work on the construction of the new opera house next Monday morning.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island was in the running for the location of a car factory which Cleveland capitalists were promoting.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The county board road committee favored macadam or crushed rock as the surface for Andalusia Road.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Awards of a contract for a thorough rehabilitation of Black Hawk Lodge and adjacent Hauberg Indian Museum at Black Hawk State Park, Rock Island, was announced today by the state division of architecture and engineering. Improvements include: A new service counter, additional display cases, and relaid flooring in the lodge concession space. The contract was awarded to C.H. Langman And Son, Rock Island, on a bid of $30,319.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Turn-Style stores in Moline and Davenport apparently will close when the discount chain is sold to a major Midwest department store firm this spring. A spokesman for Jewel Companies, Inc., announced pending sale of 19 of 22 Turn-Style outlets to Venture Stores, a discount subsidiary of May Department Stores Co., a St. Louis-based firm.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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