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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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