Day in history for April 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The officers of the state agriculture fair will meet at Springfield May 25 and among other things will determine at what place the first state fair will be held next fall. We vote for Chicago. It would be a good time to take a ride on the Rock Island Railroad.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ferdinand Vogele, 54, prominent German citizen, died today of consumption. He was a native of Baden and before coming here had lived in New Orleans, Vicksburg and St. Louis. He built the Mississippi House on the Rock Island levee.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Three-Eye baseball league will open tomorrow with Rock Island playing at Decatur.

1928 -- 75 years ago
R.H Murray of Aledo was named secretary of the Rock Island Agricultural and Industrial Association and will have charge of the 1928 exposition.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Firemen battled a raging fire in the Pete Mannon service station in Andalusia this morning. About 30 Andalusia residents living near the Mannon station formed a bucket brigade to assist firemen who were having difficulty bringing the blaze under control.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Heads turn in Cambridge when Gary Boberg drives by on his latest creation, a 6-foot-tall, three-wheeled bicycle. Boberg, 18, started out by repairing bikes, but his interest soon turned to design. The three-wheeler was made with spare parts from three other bikes at a total cost of about $5.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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