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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.

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