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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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