Day in history for May 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island House is being enlarged and improved. Mr. Barrett, though ``killed off by a medium,'' exhibits some signs of life yet. He means to be prepared for the summer business.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The new boat house of the Athletic Boat Club is under construction at the foot of 20th Street, Rock Island. New boats are to be ordered at once.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. W.O. Lawrence of Brookfield, Mo., began his pastorate at the Memorial Christian Church.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The new steel pavement for the railroad deck of the Government Bridge will be laid by the Rock Island Lines at a cost of $150,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A free-for-all mud bout, in which $100 will be paid to the last survivor, will be the feature of a wrestling show at the Davenport fairgrounds arena. The mat card will be an all-girl affair. In other bouts, Roughhouse Rosie of Moline will meet Yukon Lou, a 240-pound mauler; Judy Jocum will face Dot Berg and Itola Bittner will battle Mars Monroe. The management will furnish old newspapers with which spectators can protect themselves.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The city of Moline is ``very close'' to buying three parcels of land needed for construction of a new bridge linking Moline and the Rock Island Arsenal. The parcels are owned by Deere And Co., Smith Filter Co. and Jack Vinar in the area between 2nd and 3rd avenues and 16th Street.

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