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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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