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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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