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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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