Day in history for June 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Argus said: Rock Island never will grow as fast as Davenport, because too many Rock Island land owners won't sell until somebody covers their land with gold, and that will never be.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Arsenal appropriation seems safe. After much debate, congress is ready to allow the arsenal $295,200 for the new fiscal year.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Clark Swanson was elected president of Augustana Business College alumni.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Diplomas were awarded to 209 seniors at the Rock Island High School commencement program.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A free concert of hit songs and orchestra numbers from several popular musical comedies will open the Quad-City Music Guild's 1953 summer season at 8 Sunday evening in Prospect Park auditorium, Moline, Frederick J. Swanson, music director, announced today. When the guild held the first such free concert in mid-season last year, an overflow audience of 1,250 attended.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A ``new spirit'' of neighborliness is taking hold to save Rock Island's West End. The spirit is that of the Community Caring Conference, a group dedicated to bringing neighbors back in touch. Rev. Kenneth Kuenning's congregation at the Church of Peace, 1110 12th St., started the organization in August 1976, deciding to stay in the ``changing neighborhood'' after exploring the possibility of moving out.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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