Day in history for April 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The $2,500 interest due on railroad bonds for Rock Island was paid in New York April 18.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Josephine of the Diamond Jo Line, termed the ``handsomest boat on the upper Mississippi,'' arrived in Rock Island at 8 o'clock this morning and left later for Clinton.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The county supervisors today approved the project for a new bridge to span the Rock River from a point near Hillsdale, to Erie Township, Whiteside County. The sum of $10,500 was appropriated toward the share of the cost to be borne by this county.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Additional subscriptions in Rock Island raised the Community Chest total to date to $16,254.50.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Arnold Egger of Rock Island is an honest man. Saturday afternoon, while he was driving in Davenport, he ran over an object in the street. Upon investigating, he found it to be a billfold containing $92. He searched the wallet and found the owner's name, Mrs. Beatrice Almquist, Moline. Egger drove to her home and returned the billfold.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Deere And Co. president Ellwood F. Curtis was elected vice chairman by the company's directors and Robert A. Hanson was elected president. Two Deere executives, Joseph W. England, comptroller, and Eugene L. Schotanus, treasurer, were elected vice presidents by the board. William A. Hewitt remains chairman and chief executive officer.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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