Day in history for April 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Capt. Griffith, the popular and obliging, has had his boat, the Wisconsin, thoroughly cleansed and fitted up in good style. He does not claim that she is one of the lightning speed and ``bust-your-biler'' kind but that she makes all the passengers comfortable.

1878 -- 125 years ago
At the Central Presbyterian Church, the Rev. J.R. Findley preached this morning on ``The Poor in Spirit.'' He took ``The Decrees'' for his evening theme.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Pres. G.A. Andreen of Augustana College arrived home from Sweden after an absence of four months. He was warmly greeted by students who had assembled for the Founders' Day celebration.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Coal Valley High School won the Rock Island County track and field meet.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Concern over a possible slip in Davenport's high standard of fire protection was expressed by Lester Schick, Davenport fire chief. ``The fire department is below strength and unless it can secure the necessary recruits there is a possibility that its efficiency will suffer.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Davenport man and about 15 Explorer Scouts made a request in a letter read before the Moline City Council that they be permitted to dig around in an area located on one of the city's leased farms. Ferrel Anderson says he feels the area located near Green Valley Park along the Rock River is just loaded with archaeological booty.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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