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: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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