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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