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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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