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 The aldermen instructed Buford to cast this city's vote for Lemuel Andrews of Rock Island, but the instructions were rescinded at the council's next meeting.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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.

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