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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