Day in history for April 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Salaries of governors of different states in the union range from $10,000 in California to $400 in Rhode Island per year. Illinois paid Joel A. Matteson $1,500 per year.

1878 -- 125 years ago
B.L. Best, Reynolds, addressed a temperance meeting in South Rock Island last night. Quite a number of persons signed the pledge and donned the ribbon.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``Kid'' Bloch, local prize ring artist, figured in a mixup in Moline Saturday night and gave a bad beating to Officer Thomas Carney.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A new primary voting record of 23,018 ballots was set for Rock Island County last Tuesday, an official canvass disclosed.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Boy Scout officials and civic leaders of six rural townships in south Rock Island County pledged $8,000 to finance construction of a year-round cabin as part of the $150,000 improvement program for the campsite of the Fort Armstrong area council. L.C. Jameson, executive secretary of the council, said an anonymous gift of $1,000 already has been promised as part of the $8,000 sum.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County would become part of a new Central Federal Court District under a proposed remapping of federal court boundaries in the state. The county currently is part of the Southern District. The remapping, if approved, would be the first for Illinois since 1905.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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