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 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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