Day in history for April 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
John Kannade, a drayman, was brought before the mayor on complaint of Christopher Simmons, another drayman, on assault charges. The mayor fined each $2 and costs.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Josephine, new steamer of the Diamond Jo Line, passed down on her way to Burlington today. On her trial trip, two persons were drowned. Swells from the boat upset a skiff containing a man and woman who were crossing the river at Eagle Point, and both perished.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The county supervisors awarded the contract for the new infirmary to Collins Brothers on their bid of $15,275.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The vacation of Rock Island firemen was increased from 10 to 15 days by action of the new city council.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Hella Jaenicke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Jaenicke, Davenport, is the first German girl in Iowa to enlist in the WACs, it was reported by the Des Moines recruiting station. ``I want to help fight Communism,'' Miss Jaenicke said.

1978 -- 25 years ago
History was made when the first shipment of grain under Iowa's new, cost efficient railbarge tariff system took place at Pillsbury's Riverside grain elevator just south of Davenport. Iowa grain elevator operators may now ship corn and soybeans to Gulf ports for export with a single rate. This eliminates the three-step system previously used and results in a lower rate for the shippers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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