Day in history for June 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Messrs. Lowry have leased the LeClaire House in Davenport. The hotel has long been a place of resort for southern families who come north to escape the heat and enjoy our scenery. (Note: The former LeClaire House is now, in 1953, the block of stores between Parker's and the Kahl building.)

1878 -- 125 years ago
While he was out hunting today, Thomas E. Mills of Rodman's addition, Rock Island, was wounded by the accidental discharge of his gun near the Milan bridge.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Lines expects to occupy the new railroad shops in Pleasant Valley (Silvis) by next Jan. 1.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Port Byron is raising funds for its centennial festival to be held in August.

1953 -- 50 years ago
East Moline aldermen adopted an ordinance requiring council approval of loud speakers or sound trucks for advertising purposes. The ordinance was proposed by Alderman Edward Reig, who received numerous complaints against unrestricted use of amplifying systems.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A school board task force says Rock Island High School faces ``critical'' curriculum and administrative problems and a ``slowly deteriorating'' campus. The four-member panel issued the findings after evaluating more than 200 recommendations made last year by the North Central Association, a school accrediting group. NCA conducts on-site studies of member schools every seven years.

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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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