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 The aldermen instructed Buford to cast this city's vote for Lemuel Andrews of Rock Island, but the instructions were rescinded at the council's next meeting.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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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