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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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