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 Outdated ordinances such as these are being weeded out by area village officials.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: 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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