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: 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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