Day in history for March 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The steamboats Dr. Franklin and Black Hawk, which wintered at Bailey And Boyle's boatyard in Rock Island, are nearly ready to commence their trips.

1878 -- 125 years ago
It being Sunday, the Rev. Robert E. Swartz officiated in the morning and evening at the Christian chapel.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Republican county judicial convention endorsed Judge W.H. Gest for re-election.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A dinner reception of a non-political character was planned to honor Justice Floyd E. Thompson of Rock Island who is unopposed for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Shades of the old days! Residents in the 2400 block on 20th Avenue, Rock Island, reported early this morning that a large sheep was running loose in the neighborhood. The animal was rounded up and placed in a garage at 2450 20th Ave. for safekeeping until the owner is located.

1978 -- 25 years ago
In just 5 minutes, the icy patch in the driveway of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Bird, 3514 13th St., Moline, became the scene of a ``double disaster'' last week. Darlene Bird slipped on the ice when she went out to get the mail fracturing her left leg. A neighbor helped her inside and called an ambulance. Seeing the mail Mrs. Bird dropped in her fall, Marcia Ronk, 3502 13th St., stopped to pick it up and also fell, breaking her own left leg.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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