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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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