Day in history for June 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A meeting has been called at Monmouth for the 18th to organize the Warsaw, Rock Island and Port Byron railroad.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Harvey S. Wells and B.L. Best of Reynolds, two of the most active anti-liquor workers in the state, will address the Rock Island Reform Club in Negus Hall on the rapid progress of the temperance movement.

1903 -- 100 years ago
John Garvin, a farm boy living in the lower end of our county, is in a coma and near death. He was kicked by a frisky horse and his skull was fractured.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Herbert Hoover was nominated for president and Senator Charles Curtis of Kansas for vice president by the Republican party, in a convention at Kansas City.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County's first charge of accepting bets on a televised horse race was filed in county court this morning against Joe Greenberg, operator of the Empire Cigar Store, 119 18th St., Rock Island. State's Attorney Bernard J. Moran declared the use of TV, as his charged was discovered at the Empire Saturday afternoon, stands to ``revolutionize'' the horse betting business.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Nine cars of a 110-car Rock Island Lines freight train derailed at the railroad's Kelly Yards switching yards late Friday afternoon. The cars were loaded with liquid sulphur, none of which spilled. Service on the line was not interrupted, and no one was injured.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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