Day in history for June 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A new company of Rock Island capitalists has rented the west half of the wharf boat, in which to pack fish for the fall market.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Moline City Council appropriated $36,500 to run the city for the new fiscal year. The council fixed 12.5 cents per hour as the rate of pay for laborers on streets.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Fire heavily damaged the carpenter shops of Davis And Co. on 19th Street, near 1st Avenue, Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Teachers protested a ruling by the Rock Island Board of Education abolishing 10 days of annual sick leave.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A general-alarm fire swept a section of the Salter Processing Division plant of Teske Milling Co., 1848 W. Locust St., resulting in injuries to two Davenport firemen and damage estimated at several thousand dollars. The fire reportedly originated in a rotary feed dryer of the grain-processing plant and spread to upper parts of the two-story brick building.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Scores of area residents know the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Anderson, 3435 52nd St. Court, Moline, because of their years of involvement with Moline Boys Choir and Quad-City Music Guild. And the congregation of First Covenant Church knows the young men as energetic workers for the church. Jeff, 23, is a child-care counselor at Bethany Home, Moline. Scott, 21, will be a senior at Augustana next year.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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