Day in history for June 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Four raftsmen narrowly escaped drowning when they were capsized from a skiff while in the act of tacking. The ferry boat Iowa was crossing the river at the time, and, through the efforts of Capt. Robinson, the raftsmen were saved.

1878 -- 125 years ago
W.L. Sweeney, overseer of the poor of Rock Island Township, reported that during the month of May, 90 persons in 23 families had been aided to the amount of $118.25.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Reports of a disastrous flood at Kansas City were received by The Argus.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A record number of 209 students was listed in the 1928 graduating class of Rock Island High School.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Jurors were being selected today in Rock Island County circuit court for the trial of a $5,000 damage suit filed by a man who claims he was injured when he ate a piece of apple pie containing slivers of glass. The plaintiff is Orren E. Smith, who names as defendant Claude V. Melvin, operator of the Melvin Pie Shop, Rock Island.

1978 -- 25 years ago
John Spaulding will realize a 10-year goal when he receives his diploma from Moline High School Tuesday. Ever since he was in second grade, the 18-year-old senior has wanted to make it all the way through school with a perfect attendance record. He hasn't missed a day. And his 17-year-old sister, Debbie, is well on her way to making the unusual achievement a family tradition.

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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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