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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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