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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