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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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