Day in history for April 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A statement of finances of Rock Island County from March 31, 1852, to March 31, 1853, showed expenses totaling $7,000.50. The largest single amount was $2,731.85 for paupers. Road and bridge work totaled $1,181.33.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A write-up of the town of Reynolds under the signature ``X'' appeared in The Argus. It was recorded that there are in Reynolds three general stores, one hardware firm, two wagon shops, one shoe store, a good drugstore, a meat market, two hotels, a fine furniture establishment, two grain warehouses, a lumber yard, and some other business places ``but no saloons.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
C.W. Herbert was installed last night as noble grand of Ucal Lodge, No. 608, Odd Fellows.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William J. McNealy was appointed to the city electrical commission to fill the vacancy caused by the death of J.J. Murphy.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A collection of Early American antiques owned by Mr. and Mrs. Pat Ruhl will be on display this month at the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery. Included in the collection are paintings, glassware, copper, furniture, silver and toys dating back to 1750.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Jim Nelson, a Geneseo 14-year-old, astonished his bowling teammates and a gathering crowd of other bowlers at Hillcrest Lanes in Geneseo when he bowled a 290 game in regular Saturday morning action in the Junior Boys' league.

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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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