Day in history for April 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The river was reported rising at the rate of about 8 to 10 inches every 24 hours. Steamboats were plenty and large quantities of goods were arriving. Freight to St. Louis was 25 cents.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A dispatch to The Argus from Elmora, N.Y., said that Henry Ward Beecher refused to be interviewed about the Tilton case.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Alden J. Frisk and Miss Alma Helpenstell were married in the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Helpenstell. The Rev. J.F.C. Trefzer officiated.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Dr. J.A. Chapman gave the address at consecration services, commemorating the organization of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, at the vesper hour in First Methodist Church. Mrs. A.F. Sala and her daughter, Marjorie, sang a duet.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Nationwide attention is being focused on a Moline dog who adds, subtracts and multiplies figures like a computing machine. The dog, a pet at Breecher's Market, 1200 41st St., Moline, has been signed for a command ``Welcome Travelers'' television program originating in Chicago.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A costly new maintenance crisis at Oak Glen Nursing Home could be the catalyst for a bond referendum, Rock Island County Board Chairman Richard Aubry told the nursing home committee. The problem is at the main powerhouse, where a section of the roof collapsed under the weight of snow shortly after Christmas.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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