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: 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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