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 ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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