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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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