Day in history for June 10, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
James Kelly was appointed postmaster of Rock Island to succeed E.R. Bean.

1878 -- 125 years ago
J.F. Everett, superintendent of the Rock Island public schools, reported a total May enrollment of 1,681 pupils. The average daily attendance was 1,499.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Argus carried a front page story announcing the assassination of Alexander and Draga, King and Queen of Serbia. The troops revolted and an independent party took the reins of government.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mayor Chester Thompson personally led a police squad in closing 11 alleged gambling concessions of the Royal American carnival on the Rock Island waterfront.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Albert Fickewirth, Moline, won the Queen of the Show award, the major honor in the 12th annual rose and flower show held in the Rock Island Masonic Temple under the auspices of the Tri-City Men's Rose and Garden Club and the Tri-City Women's Garden Club. Fickewirth won the top prize with his Crimson Glory rose.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Residents of Carbon Cliff can't listen to music or dance in local drinking establishments without breaking the law. Folks in Coal Valley can't coast down a hilly street without the approval of the village president. The people of Colona can be fined $3 for disturbing a funeral. Outdated ordinances such as these are being weeded out by area village officials.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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