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: 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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