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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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