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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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