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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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