Day in history for April 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A violent northeast wind and rainstorm prevailed Thursday to last Monday. It was accompanied by occasional squalls of snow.

1878 -- 125 years ago
W.L. Campbell addressed a temperance meeting in Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Nicholas J. Feighor, engineer, and J.D. Gippert, fireman, both of Rock Island, were injured in a Burlington Railroad wreck at Ophiem in which R.C. McGlensey of Galesburg, engineer, and John Norris, Beardstown, lost their lives.

1928 -- 75 years ago
With a record low temperature for April 14 and .86 of an inch of snow, Rock Island last night and today felt the sting of a blizzard which gripped four states to the westward. The mercury fell to 23 degrees above zero during the night.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport food stores were formulating plans for sale of colored oleo when it becomes legal July 4. Proprietors of supermarkets and smaller stores said they anticipate tremendous business when the colored product may be sold here.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Knowledge and experience in changing manufacturing practices from the inch to the metric system is what the editors at the Industrial Press were looking for four years ago when they asked E.R. `Dick' Friesth, Coal Valley, to write a book on the subject. Now the book, ``Metrication For Manufacturing,'' is rolling off the presses and soon will be available locally.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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