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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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