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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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