Day in history for October 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Contractor John Warner has been disappointed in obtaining timber for the Rock River bridge, which may delay the arrival of the Rock Island railroad at this place.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A branch of Lillibridge's Business College has been opened in the Cargill Building, Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
W.T. Sherman, a public school teacher for 48 years, was killed by a Rock Island Lines train at Natick. He had taught in Rock Island County thirty-three years.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Thomas Murphy of Bowling won the Rock Island County corn husking contest for the third year in a row.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The baton twirling of Janice Greer, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Greer, Rock Island, will be featured on the Promenaders program Saturday on WHBF-TV. Janice is the granddaughter of Mrs. Ida Greer and Mr. and Mrs. George Chandler of Seaton and a former resident of Aledo.

1978 -- 25 years ago
After 73 years without a woman on the board of Moline Public Hospital, Mrs. Mardelle Hayes, Moline, has been appointed by Mayor Lawrence Lorensen, to one of the five positions governing the hospital. The wife of Moline architect Frank Hayes, she is the mother of 10 children and has been active in the affairs of Sacred Heart Catholic School and has served on the board of Moline Public Library.

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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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