Day in history for April 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A.B. Kingsbury announced the opening of a new livery stable at the rear of the Graham House in Rock Island. He advertised ``good teams always in readiness at reasonable rates. Also hacks and carriages.''

1878 -- 125 years ago
The 5:45 a.m. train on the Western Union railroad went off the track near Port Byron junction today on account of a misplaced switch. No one was injured.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a story that Mrs. Elizabeth Ferkel of this county, one of the children of the late Col. George Davenport, pioneer of this section, was consulting attorneys here and in Davenport with the idea in view of setting up a claim to part of the Davenport estate.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island voted three to one for a $380,000 bond issue to build a trans-shipment river terminal to serve the Quad-Cities district.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Plans for Rock Island's participation in ``Operation Wakeup'' April 24 will include the simulated dropping of incendiary and high explosive bombs and the supposed damaging of bridges by ``saboteurs,'' according to Illinois Civil Defense Director Robert M. Woodward.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The paddles traditionally used by teachers and principals to spank disruptive students are gathering dust these days in schools throughout the Illinois Quad-Cities. Local educators say discipline by force is gradually becoming a thing of the past.

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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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