Day in history for July 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. William Roosevelt, president of the Warsaw and Rockford Railroad, addressed a mass meeting in the Rock Island County courthouse, urging a liberal subscription to the road's capital stock, since the railway will traverse almost the entire length of our county.

1878 -- 125 years ago
All Sunday School teachers are invited to meet with officers of the Rock Island County Sunday School Association in order to make suggestions as to the needs of each school.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Retail Merchants Association will sponsor Pain's magnificent spectacle, ``Ancient Rome,'' a pageant nightly from Aug. 24 to 31 at the baseball park.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A district drum and bugle contest has been postponed until Aug. 18. The postponement followed the fatal injury in an auto collision of two Rock Island Legion men while the drum corps was making a booster tour of nearby towns.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County's payroll checks and the payroll register will be prepared on machine equipment starting Friday, Aug. 14. The change-over from manual to machine system will save considerable time and money for the taxpapers of the county.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Smoke hung in the air and smoldered lumber occasionally flamed, as exhaused Black Hawk and Coyne Center firemen continued to put water on the ruins of the Carver Lumber Co. warehouse in Milan late Friday.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.

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