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 Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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