Day in history for October 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Major B.F. Barrett, proprietor of the Rock Island House, has returned from a long ramble through the east to benefit his health. He is looking better.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. O.J. Dimick, whose two youngest children died on the same day of diphtheria, is dangerously ill in her home on Aiken Street.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The new Spencer Memorial Methodist Church at 7th Avenue and 43rd Street, Rock Island, was dedicated today.

1928 -- 75 years ago
W.L. Velie Sr., 62, Moline automobile and airplane manufacturer, died of heart disease.

1953 -- 50 years ago
No, the Davenport City Hall is not for sale. Passersby were surprised this morning when they saw a large sign on the lawn in front of the municipal building advertising the city hall for sale. The sign was placed on the lawn by pranksters.

1978 -- 25 years ago
For the first time since it was created 12 years ago, the influential Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission has been overruled by federal officials. U.S. mass transit officials have selected Rock Island over Davenport as the site of a controversial $5 million bus garage. The decision flies in the face of Bi-State sometimes criticized as a ``super government'' with great sway over distribution of federal funds to Quad-Cities area governments.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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