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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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