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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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