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 are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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