Day in history for April 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Miss Heath commenced her select school yesterday at the house on Buffalo Street.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Democratic county convention named state convention delegates as follows: J.S. Drake, Dr. C. Piper, W.H. Lundy, J.R. Johnston, B.D. Buford and R.M. Grennell. Alternates were Samuel Heagy, August Timm, Frank Lucas, Thomas Kerr, Andrew Donaldson and T.S. Silvis. R.M. Grennell, Cordova was chairman. The delegation was not instructed as to voting.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. J.A. Nyvall, pastor of the Swedish Lutheran Church, accepted the editorship of a Swedish paper, ``Fosterlandet,'' published at Chicago, but will not immediately remove to that city.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Arsenal post was selected as the name for the newly organized Rock Island unit of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Betty Clark from LeClaire, Iowa, and eight other American women basketball players captured the first international Amateur Athletic Union cage title in Santiago, Chile. The Chile trip consumed about six weeks for the 21-year-old main office employee of Deere and Co.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Overcoming a tenacious man-to-man defense, the Moline Maroons broke loose in the second half to score a 51-38 decision over Belleville West in the first round of the girls state basketball tournament. Tracy Eckert was the Maroons top scorer with 18 points.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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