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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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