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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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