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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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