Day in history for April 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Judge Robinson from Port Byron is now associated with Judge Spencer in the Ferry company under the firm name of John W. Spencer And Co.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rev. G.R. Palmer officiated at the morning and evening services in the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Articles of incorporation were filed in Rock Island this morning for the Iowa, Illinois and Missouri Railway Co., a proposed line to run from Dubuque to St. Louis via the tri-cities. The incorporators were George T. Cram, St. Louis; Eugene Cary, Chicago; T.J. Medill, Rock Island; J.S. Wylie, George H. Boynton and A.F. Cutter, Davenport; Alphons Matthews, Dubuque; and S.S. Hallam, Monmouth.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island township members of the board of supervisors endorsed Oscar Ohlweiler for chairmanship of the board.

1953 -- 50 years ago
At least four persons were rescued by firemen and several others fled to safety when a three-alarm fire wrecked the three-story Harrison Hotel, 608 Harrison St., Davenport, this morning. The interior of the building was gutted and damage was estimated at $50,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Niabi Zoo's last deer is dead, reportedly gunned down in its pen last weekend. County officials have kept the death a secret reportedly in an attempt to lull whoever killed the deer into believing no investigation is being conducted.

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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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