Day in history for May 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A line of telegraph is to be built at once between Rock Island and Peru along the line of the railroad. The line along the Mississippi from Quincy to Keokuk, Burlington, Muscatine and Davenport is to be put in good repair.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Judge Wait of Geneseo, editor of the Republic, was cherishing the ambition of securing the nomination for the post of congressman in this district.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Golden Eagle award, highest rank in Girl Scouting, was attained by Miss Irene Atkinson of Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Workmen at Fejervary Park, where a special children's zoo project is under construction, report that the unusual ``sidewalk superintendents'' watching progress on the job are proving more of a problem than the animals. The onlookers persist in taking too active an interest in the work and are continually climbing over the fence and getting in the way of construction.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Six of Niabi Zoo's deer were killed Saturday morning, apparently by dogs that entered the pen through a gap in the fence. Rock Island County Sheriff's Corporal Dennis Whicker, who investigated the incident, said one buck, four does and a fawn were killed in the latest raid by dogs on zoo animals.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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