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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