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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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