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: 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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