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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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