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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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