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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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