Day in history for April 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A company of young gentlemen, amateur musicians, are in the practice of giving excellent serenades these pleasant nights. The ``goodbye'' song was very fine and regarded by more than one as quite appropriate.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Judge Cochran, Peoria, was registered at the Harper House. Also J. Holland and D.L. Thompson, who compiled the Rock Island city directory for 1876.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island commandery No.|18, Knights Templar, gave the third of a series of dancing parties in the Masonic Temple. Miss Bell Carpenter presented a vocal solo, Miss Mae Culton, a piano solo, and Mrs. Jay Clarkson, a reading.

1928 -- 75 years ago
More snow, 5.2 inches, fell in March than in any other single month during the past winter, the weather bureau reported.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A suggested site for a new high school south of Calvin Coolidge Junior High was turned down by the Board of Education as being inappropriate. The board thus stood fast on its previous recommendation that three sites should be placed on the ballot in the forthcoming referendum and named them as Oakwood Country Club, the 19th St. property south of 18th Ave., and a portion of Browning Field.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Robert Ford, Geneseo school board president, suggested the Atkinson school district be asked to consider joining the Geneseo district to help ease overcrowding in Geneseo schools.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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