Day in history for October 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Remember the Warsaw railroad meeting to be held this week. The advertisement will be found in our paper. Let everyone go that can and learn the facts in relation to the loan. Above all, let every man in the county vote for the loan.

1878 -- 125 years ago
R.T. McNeal has returned from a sojourn in Colorado Springs.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A brilliant reception was held for the 13 Methodist bishops of the United States who are holding a conference here.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Hundreds of people attended formal opening of a new women's dormitory at Augustana College.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Gasoline prices plummeted to the lowest rate in several years in four Quad-City communities today as a red-hot gas price war gathered momemtum. Shortly afternoon, Sinclair stations joined the fight matching the 5 to 7 cent per gallon cut in prices in Rock Island, Moline, East Moline and Silvis. The new prices were 26.9 cents for premium and 24.9 cents for regular.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A train derailment at 3rd and Iowa streets in Davenport late Saturday night scattered 2,500 bushels of corn in the street and blocked traffic until Sunday afternoon. One end of a train car carrying the corn was almost upright, while another car labeled ``anhydrous ammonia'' dangled precariously over the edge of the railroad bridge.

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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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