Day in history for April 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Three Germans belonging in Davenport were rescued by the Steamer Asia near the Rock Island boatyard after their skiff capsized.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. C. Thompson, Chicago, was in town with a fine line of switches, nets and hair goods, including novelties never before seen here. She specializes in the Saratoga coiffure and familiarizes ladies with the latest styles of dressing hair.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A farewell dinner was given at the Rock Island Club last evening in honor of John M. Colligan, city editor of The Argus, who resigned recently and who leaves tomorrow for New York. Warren Reck was master of ceremonies and former mayor T.J. Medill presented Mr. Colligan with a gold watch and fob.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Moline and London, England, were connected by telephone for the first time today when Charles Deere Wiman and other Deere And Co. officials conversed with a London firm. The 11-minute call cost $178.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The WOC-TV transmitter building on Middle Road, north of Bettendorf, is now complete, having been enlarged to house the new transmitter necessary for the station's change-over to Channel 6, according to Ernest C. Sanders, station manager.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Arthur Holmes, president of the Greater Moline Development Corp., was named the first recipient of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association's ``Retailer of the Year'' award.

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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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