Day in history for April 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It may be interesting perhaps to notice that one Rock Island alderman wasted the time of the city council introducing ordinances and voting against them himself. This is probably the economy, retrenchment and reform he talked so much about before his election.

1878 -- 125 years ago
At township elections, supervisors were chosen as follows: South Rock Island, L.C. Lloyd; Port Byron, R.J. Bell; Edgington, James Taylor; Coe, Jesse Daily; Hampton, Samuel Devinney; Black Hawk, Thomas Kerr; Moline, J.D. Long; and Rural, Andrew Donaldson.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The board of supervisors granted a petition for a franchise presented by the Moline, East Moline and Watertown railway.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ten thousand booklets containing information about the proposed river-rail terminal for Rock Island will be distributed prior to the April 17 referendum.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The 50-year-old water tower at Coal Valley fell across U.S. highway 150 blocking traffic for over an hour. The old landmark was being toppled when it landed across the highway instead of on the side of the road as intended.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The East Moline city council voted 10-2 to approve plans for the construction of a neighborhood center in the city's aging Watertown district. Florence Aldridge played a key role in persuading the city to apply for a $500,000 federal grant to construct the center.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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