Day in history for June 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A serious affray took place six or seven miles east of Knoxville in which a club and knife were used. A Mr. Gullett was seriously and fatally wounded.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Athletic Club will stage its first travesty on Romeo and Juliet at Peoria on June 19.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Ten-year-old Hatwig Bodenstedt of South Rock Island waited in a buggy holding the reins of the horse while her mother called at the Harms Hotel. A passing train frightened the horse and it ran away, throwing out Hatwig at 7th Ave. The little girl suffered principally from shock and fright.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Herbert Hoover was reported tightening his hold on delegates at the National Republican Convention at Kansas City.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A drive to make Rock Island youths conscious of the dangers involved in standing in streets to hitch rides is currently being conducted by Rock Island police. In the past two days, five youths have received suspended $10 fines in Rock Island police court on hitchhiking counts.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Wilbur Bender doesn't read Flemish, so when he received a letter last month from the Belgian consulate in Chicago, it was some time before he learned he is to be named a Knight in the Order of Leopold II. Bender said he believes the award was made for his work as president for 15 years of the Belgian American Brothers, Rock Island.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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