Day in history for April 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rev. A.E. Phelps, presiding elder of the Methodist church for the Rock Island district, died at Princeton, Ill., of lung fever.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Sam Porter and B. Rodman chose sides at a meeting of the Rock Island Gun Club and a match was staged. The terms were 15 glass balls each. Mr. Thomas of Coal Valley was the referee, and Dr. Carter of Rock Island was the scorer. By three balls, victory went to Captain Rodman's team. The losers paid for a game supper at the Rock Island House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Oliver Graham, for 25 years engineer at the Rock Island Plow Works, died suddenly yesterday. During the Civil War, he was third assistant engineer aboard the ``East Post'' which was sunk on the way to the seige of Vicksburg.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Samuel S. Davis, president of the Rock Island Plow Co., and Mrs. Davis were members of a party of Americans imperiled in a religious riot staged by Mohammedan students at Cairo, Egypt.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Bishop William E. Cousins of Peoria officiated at the blessing and dedication of the new $250,000 Durkin Memorial gymnasium-auditorium addition to St. Joseph Catholic School, Rock Island.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Shelless Simmons wasn't much help when her father, Samuel, of East Moline, locked his keys in the car. The one-year-old had the cars keys, but no amount of coaxing could get her to pull up the door lock.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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