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: 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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