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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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