Day in history for April 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The spring term of the Rock Island Collegiate Institute and Female Seminary will commence Monday, under supervision of E.C. Smith.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Swedish vocal quartet provided entertainment at Dart's Hall. The selections were in a foreign tongue with two exceptions.

1903 -- 100 years ago
William McConochie, Republican, was re-elected mayor of Rock Island, defeating W.C. Maucker, Democrat, George W. McCaskrin, Independent, and P.J. Carlson, Socialist. The winner's total vote was 1,717 and his plurality was 98. Maucker received 1,116 votes; McCaskrin, 1,619; and Carlson, 141.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A record vote in Rock Island County's primary is forecast tomorrow.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Purchase of a swimming pool site, located roughly between 22nd and 24th avenues and 34th and 36th streets, at an expenditure of $7,500 was approved on an 8 to 4 vote by Rock Island aldermen. Mayor Melvin L. McKay, long a champion for a swimming pool in Rock Island, had been urging aldermen to settle on a site before the end of his second 4-year term May 1.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Robert Sheets, Geneseo fire chief, has issued an alert to all residents of the fire district that roads are in worse shape than during the height of winter. Sheets said it is impossible for his department trucks to travel in any direction from Geneseo with any certainty of reaching a fire scene.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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