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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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