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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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