Day in history for April 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are informed that by recent transfers of stocks, Messrs. Bailey and Boyle now own a controlling interest in the Rock Island and Camden Plank Road Co.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The bootblacks of Rock Island organized as the Star Minstrels gave an entertainment in Negus' Hall last night.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It being Easter Sunday, elaborate musical programs were being held in all Rock Island churches.

1928 -- 75 years ago
On the basis of unofficial returns, Mayor C.W. Sandstrom of Moline had beaten W.A. Rosenfield of Rock Island for state central committeeman by 432 votes.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Viola Jennusa, Davenport, had a busy day all because of a prankster who was busy on the telephone. The prankster placed orders with a cleaner, bakery and ice-cream store, and had deliveries sent to Mrs. Jennusa's home. Also, the unidentified person engaged an orchestra and rented a hall for Mrs. Jennusa, and to top it all off, she finished the day by sending a representative of a diaper service to the home.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Metro East, a new supplement in The Daily Dispatch, will be delivered to about 12,000 upper Rock Island County subscribers beginning this week. Metro East will contain news and features of localized interest to readers in East Moline, Silvis, Hampton, Colona-Green Rock, Port Byron, Rapids City and surrounding areas.

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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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