Day in history for October 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The list of prizes awarded at the first annual Rock Island County Fair is published today. The fair was held on the courthouse lawn.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Methodist conference returned the Rev. George R. Palmer to serve another year as pastor of the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church, much to the pleasure of Rock Island people.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Walker Whiteside, the famous actor, drew a large audience to the Illinois Theater last night, when he appeared in ``We Are King.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Virginia Lee and Carl L. Wilson are the local winners in a nationwide radio vocal contest.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Approximately a third of the wells at Scott County rural schools are being rated as unsatisfactory, according to reports on water samples being received from the state hygienic laboratory at Iowa City. In cases where the water samples are reported unsatisfactory, the health department will notify the school board with the recommendation that the wells be chlorinated.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island police have received a complaint of littering -- at the city dump. A patrolman was dispatched to the Rock Island landfill concerning garbage being dumped at the entrance. Landfill supervisor Roy McGuire told police the incident happened after the landfill closed for the day and was discovered the next morning.

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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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