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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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