Day in history for April 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A company of young gentlemen, amateur musicians, are in the practice of giving excellent serenades these pleasant nights. The ``goodbye'' song was very fine and regarded by more than one as quite appropriate.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Judge Cochran, Peoria, was registered at the Harper House. Also J. Holland and D.L. Thompson, who compiled the Rock Island city directory for 1876.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island commandery No.|18, Knights Templar, gave the third of a series of dancing parties in the Masonic Temple. Miss Bell Carpenter presented a vocal solo, Miss Mae Culton, a piano solo, and Mrs. Jay Clarkson, a reading.

1928 -- 75 years ago
More snow, 5.2 inches, fell in March than in any other single month during the past winter, the weather bureau reported.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A suggested site for a new high school south of Calvin Coolidge Junior High was turned down by the Board of Education as being inappropriate. The board thus stood fast on its previous recommendation that three sites should be placed on the ballot in the forthcoming referendum and named them as Oakwood Country Club, the 19th St. property south of 18th Ave., and a portion of Browning Field.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Robert Ford, Geneseo school board president, suggested the Atkinson school district be asked to consider joining the Geneseo district to help ease overcrowding in Geneseo schools.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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