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: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.






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