Day in history for October 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We are indebted to Dr. W.S. Pierce, a former Rock Islander who is now comptroller of California for a copy of the Democratic State Journal.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A series of regatta races between the Rock Island and Davenport boat clubs is in progress today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
August Ahlberg, 72, was found dying in his room today and he passed away before a physician could reach him. He was known as the man who pumped the pipe organ at Augustana College.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island High School football team held a stronger Rockford eleven to a scoreless tie.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The first of two 450,000-pound housings, to be used in a new rolling mill at the Davenport works, Aluminum Company of America, near Bettendorf, arrived at the plant. The housing, transported on a specially constructed flat car, is the heaviest load ever moved on one railroad car. The housings will be used to produce tapered aluminum sheet and plate for aircraft.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Neighborhood residents have lost the first round in their legal fight to block conversion of the Villa De Chantal, Rock Island, into an alternative high school. Rock Island County Circuit Judge David DeDoncker dismissed a complaint seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent the Villa from being used as a school for dropouts. The Villa, a private Catholic grade school, closed its doors last spring.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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