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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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