Day in history for July 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Mississippi is at a good boating stage of water for the larger steamers from this point to St. Louis. Passengers going east had better come here and take the stagecoaches to Peru and there board the cars. It is the quickest and easiest way to Chicago.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Officers and directors of the Moline And Rock Island Horse Railway Co. were reelected at the annual session of stockholders today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rumors are rife in railroad circles that the Rockefellers interests plan to get control of the Erie railroad and merge it with the Rock Island road.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Legion drum and bugle corps will make a booster trip to nearby towns to promote the convention to which it will host.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A 28-year-old Davenport housewife and mother was awarded a bus trip to Denver and a wrist watch after winning out over nine other contestants in a Mississippi River swimming contest sponsored by Tri-State Theater Corp. Mrs. Renee Millhollin completed the distance from Rock Island Arsenal to just below Davenport Municipal Stadium in 19 minutes.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Eroding slopes at Valley Homes have plagued the Rock Island housing project for years. The Rock Island City Housing Authority learned that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will pay up to $200,000 to stop the project's shifting soil.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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