Day in history for April 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Golden Era packet is making regular weekly trips to Keokuk, Burlington and Galena from Rock Island.

1878 -- 125 years ago
William H. Ross and George W. Henry dissolved partnership, and the firm is to be known as William H. Ross And Co., commission merchants. I.P. Rice became associated with the firm.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Services were conducted morning and evening at Memorial Christian Church by Dr. R.E. Heironymous, president of Eureka College.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island County Republicans at state convention decided not to enter candidates for Fourteenth District presidential elector.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Meredith Johnson, 39, Moline, has been hired as the new organizational director of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau. His job will consist of recruiting new members, coordinating various Farm Bureau activities, and public relations work.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A funny thing happened to an $8 check on its way from one Davenport address to another. It went to the White House. A note signed by Landon Kite, a White House staff assistant, apologized for the check being opened by the White House mailroom, where it was apparently delivered by mistake. Davenport postmaster John Cogan said the letter probably became stuck behind another letter, which he said sometimes happens when letters are metered.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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