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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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