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: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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