Day in history for May 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The public is invited to a free ride on the new ferry, Iowa, anytime Sunday afternoon. The proprietors of the ferry devote that afternoon to the public, giving all who desire to visit Davenport or the Island a free ride and an opportunity to examine the new boat.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Burglars made an unsuccessful attempt Saturday night to enter the dry goods store of Mitchell And Parsons.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Notwithstanding adverse press reports, officials of the Modern Woodmen of America were confident that the battle for rate adjustment was won at sessions of state camps held yesterday.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Harold H. Slocum, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Slocum, Rock Island, was one of seven University of Illinois students who built a successful television machine. W.N. Parker of Chicago, a senior in the college of engineering, developed the machine.

1953 -- 50 years ago
There is an ordinance banning bicycles on sidewalks in Moline but aldermen said they believe it shouldn't be enforced in the Molette addition while 23rd Avenue is closed to traffic. The same is true along 34th St. where many children ride bicycles to and from school.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline officials received word that a $285,150 Environmental Protection Agency grant has been approved that gives the go-ahead for implementation of design of the Rock River Regional Sewage Treatment System.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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