Day in history for April 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
J.B. Danforth, Jr., editor, reported that on Wednesday last ``we were quietly passing along Illinois street on our way to dinner, unsuspicious of harm, when we were suddenly waylaid and assaulted in a most base and cowardly manner by Holmes Hakes, who was armed with a dirk or bowie knife, with which he inflicted a severe wound in our back.''

1878 -- 125 years ago
Samuel Haegy and wife of Hampton were registered at the Harper House for the day.

1903 -- 100 years ago
In convention at Bushnell yesterday, the Democrats nominated Guy C. Scott of Aledo for a place on the supreme bench from the Fourth district. The nomination had been declined by E.W. Hurst of Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Reverand C.G.H. Ahnquist of Everett, Wash., accepted a call to the pastorate of the First Lutheran Church of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Winner of valedictorian honors at Alleman High School in the 1953 graduating class is James Meagher, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Meagher, 1513 24th St., Rock Island. He ranks first in the class of 168 students. Miss Mary Mart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale S. Mart, 1332 39th St., Rock Island, achieved salutatorian honors.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Postal Alert program, already operating in Moline and Milan, is being expanded to Silvis. Under this program, postmen check on elderly or disabled people on their route.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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