Day in history for April 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Dr. Underhill, spirit rapper and showman, was tried before the mayor in Rock Island for a violation of our city laws in relation to shows, exhibitions and entertainments.

1878 -- 125 years ago
William B. Woodin, former state senator from the Auburn, N.Y., district, was the guest of his brother-in-law, Charles A. Jarvis, of the Commercial Hotel. The senator is the son of the late Stephen Woodin of Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that Sunday, April 23, would be observed as Founders Day by all congregations of the Augustana synod. A celebration will take place at Augustana College on April 16 and 17.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William G. Johnston, vice president and cashier of the Rock Island Savings Bank, was presented a watch by the banking staff in appreciation of his 25 years of service.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Strombeck-Becker Manufacturing Co., Moline, won special commendation when Toy Guidance Council announced that five toys from the firm's 1953 line were each voted outstanding examples of their type for 1953. The voting took place at the 15th annual conference to select the best toys being made in the United States.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Decreasing attendance and inflationary increases in operating costs that park officials say ``are eating us alive'' may boost the price of season passes at the Moline Municipal Swimming Pool by 50 percent.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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