Day in history for April 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The new steamboat for the Ferry company between Rock Island and Davenport is nearly completed and probably will be running sometime next week.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Republicans are promoting the candidacy of William H. Guest of Rock Island for state senator.

1903 -- 100 years ago
With the Rock Island city election near at hand, ``The Independent Voter,'' a handbill sheet, made its appearance.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Emmerson workers claimed the First Ward of Rock Island ``sewed up'' for the gubernatorial candidate and his ticket.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Emergency measures are being taken by the city sewer department to protect basements of homes in the Garden Addition in West Davenport from being flooded. Sewer department workers are engaged in pumping out the sewers to prevent water from backing up into the basement of homes. The city at present is engaged in preparation of engineering plans for a flood-control project for the addition.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Hank Hannah, Rock Island County conservation officer, received a unique award recently when he was presented the Ducks Unlimited Award for outstanding contribution to conservation and waterfowl. Hannah has been Rock Island County conservation officer for 26 years. He was an avid duck hunter before joining the department and knows the field from both sides, as an outdoorsperson and as an enforcement officer.

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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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