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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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