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 estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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