Day in history for December 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A controversy has risen as to whether the city council should instruct its delegate, Colonel Buford, for whom to vote for director of the Chicago and Rock Island railroad. The aldermen instructed Buford to cast this city's vote for Lemuel Andrews of Rock Island, but the instructions were rescinded at the council's next meeting.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Billy Emerson's famous minstrels appears in Dart's Hall tonight. Tomorrow the attraction will be the British Blondes.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Labor Congress has asked the secretary of war and President T.R. Roosevelt to investigate discrimination at Rock Island Arsenal against machinists who went out on strike for two months in 1896.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A proposal to repave 4th Avenue east of 20th Street was dropped by the Rock Island City Council when property owners objected to their tax assessments.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island County sheriff's office has been asked to keep a lookout for approximately three miles of copper wire stolen from the U.S. Engineers at the Hennepin Canal feeder in Bureau County. Value of the wire is estimated at $200.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Department of the Army has awarded a $13 million project order to the Rock Island Arsenal for the production of 187 recoil mechanisms for 155 millimeter Howitzers, U.S. Rep. Tom Railsback, R-Moline, announced Thursday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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