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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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