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: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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