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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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