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: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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