Day in history for April 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Last week we noticed Mr. Simmzer cleaning up Illinois street, through block 13, and filling the low places with gravel. We were told Mr. S. did the work at his own expense.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A complimentary social lunch and ball was tendered the Rodman Rifles at the Harper House last evening. The dining room was used for dancing and the successful affair was very largely attended.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Lt. F.L. Tubbs, commanding the local division of the second ship's crew of the N.M.I., was ordered to report to St. Louis with the other divisions on April 29 to take part in the dedicatory services at the world's fairgrounds.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A.L. Holtzer and Samuel R. Wright were seated as aldermen of the First and Third wards in Rock Island, respectively.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport PTA council will begin preparatory work for its annual drive to improve the type of comic books sold in this area. It is planned to distribute copies of the list of current comic books and their ratings to every Davenport family with children of school age.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Revenue has increased on the Centennial Bridge 33.8 percent, but the traffic count is down in the first week after the toll hike. Morris Muhleman, director of the bridge, reports a ``slight decrease'' in traffic since the toll for passenger cars went up to 15 cents last Monday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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