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: 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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