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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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