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: 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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