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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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