Day in history for April 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It may be well to remark that the iron which forms the track of the Chicago and Rock Island railroad to Peru was in the bowels of the Welsh mountains but one year ago.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island city council authorized the purchase of 100 tons of water pipes to be laid during the present season.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The grand council of the Royal Arcanum, in session in Bloomington, voted to hold its next convention in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
An army of Community Chest workers will start Monday on a campaign to raise $75,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An intensive course in citizenship is being offered in the Rock Island public school system to prepare today's youth to be good citizens tomorrow. An explanation of the citizenship studies was given today by Earl H. Hanson, superintendent of schools. In the senior high school, two years of study in history and citizenship are required before a student may graduate.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A $600,000 windfall from the East Moline Industrial Park will probably spare city homeowners their third water-and-sewer rate increase in five years, City Clerk Clarence ``Clix'' Vyncke said today. Vyncke said the windfall should result when an improvement project, started in 1976 at the 230-acre park, is completed this August. Current estimates peg the final cost to be less than originally anticipated.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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