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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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