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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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