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: 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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