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: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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