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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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