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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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