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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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