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 board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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