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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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