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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