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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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