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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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