Day in history for April 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Miss Heath commenced her select school yesterday at the house on Buffalo Street.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Democratic county convention named state convention delegates as follows: J.S. Drake, Dr. C. Piper, W.H. Lundy, J.R. Johnston, B.D. Buford and R.M. Grennell. Alternates were Samuel Heagy, August Timm, Frank Lucas, Thomas Kerr, Andrew Donaldson and T.S. Silvis. R.M. Grennell, Cordova was chairman. The delegation was not instructed as to voting.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. J.A. Nyvall, pastor of the Swedish Lutheran Church, accepted the editorship of a Swedish paper, ``Fosterlandet,'' published at Chicago, but will not immediately remove to that city.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Arsenal post was selected as the name for the newly organized Rock Island unit of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Betty Clark from LeClaire, Iowa, and eight other American women basketball players captured the first international Amateur Athletic Union cage title in Santiago, Chile. The Chile trip consumed about six weeks for the 21-year-old main office employee of Deere and Co.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Overcoming a tenacious man-to-man defense, the Moline Maroons broke loose in the second half to score a 51-38 decision over Belleville West in the first round of the girls state basketball tournament. Tracy Eckert was the Maroons top scorer with 18 points.

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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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