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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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