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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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