Day in history for April 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Democrats in Davenport were triumphant as usual and elected John A. Boyd Esq., as mayor and most of their other candidates.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Because of an impression gained recently in Washington by former Mayor Butler that the federal government would give consideration to a plan to establish a mint on the island of Rock Island, Mayor Reynolds approved a committee consisting of T.J. Robinson, W.P. Butler and S.S. Guyer to confer with Col. Flagler, commandant at Rock Island Arsenal, on the subject.

1903 -- 100 years ago
P.J. Colligan resigned his position as foreman of the roundhouse at Natick.

1928 -- 75 years ago
John Strosahl, Rock Island, youthful scoutmaster, gave blood to save the life of Mrs. J.W. Murphy, Seaton.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Seventeen gambling informations were filed against 14 taverns and cigar stores this morning in Rock Island County court by State's Attorney Bernard J. Moran. The action brought to 31 the total of gambling informations filed by Moran in a ``continuing'' drive against law violations in taverns of the county.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Members of the Moline Fire Department got a surprise when a driverless car parked itself in front of the fire doors at the Moline Emergency Center. According to a police report, an unidentified juvenile slipped into a car parked on 17th St. hill and slipped the car's transmission into neutral.

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