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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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