Day in history for June 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
An excellent boat has been added to the Upper Mississippi trade. She is commanded by an excellent captain. She passed up last Saturday with a large crowd of passengers on board. It is the Grand Prairie.

1878 -- 125 years ago
L.E. Rice and family arrived from Lyndon to become residents of Rock Island. Mr. Rice is the new proprietor of the Commercial Hotel.

1903 -- 100 years ago
President G.A. Andreen of Augustana College went to Paxton, Ill., to attend a conference of the Augustana synod.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The new airplane motor of the Velie Motors Corp., Moline, was approved by the United States Department of Commerce for commercial flying.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Jack Fleck, Davenport professional, turned in a third round score of 77 in the National Open golf tournament to give him a total of 229. His card to date: 76-76-77.

1978 -- 25 years ago
They called him ``The Rockford Rocket'' and ``Bullet Bill'' in his racing days. He cut a fine figure astride his 1937 Indian motorcycle, and he wrapped up national championships from coast to coast. The racing days are over now for Bill Tuman of rural Colona, but he'll get a chance to relive some of that glory later this month when he and seven others are inducted into the American Motorcycle Association's Hall of Fame in Columbus, Ohio. The award comes 22 years after Tuman quit racing motorcycles professionally.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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