Day in history for June 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Judge Spencer has surveyed a new addition to Rock Island and has opened a new street to be called Highland (now 5th Ave.). The 50 lots of Highland will sell for $200 to $400 each.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Silas Lincoln Hartzell, a boy who lived near Rock River south of Moline, died today of a wound received when his pistol accidently discharged.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A swarm of bees became confused by main street noises and lost the hum of the queen bee. They swarmed inside a light globe at 2nd Avenue and 16th Street, Rock Island, where Jacob Hess, an old bee man, put a box over them and hived them. A second swarm alighted in the same block and was hived a few hours later.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Amelia Earhart today became the first woman ever to cross the Atlantic Ocean by air. The flight, with two male companions, was made in less than 20 hours.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A thief removed the wheels and tires from William Dunlap's car, parked in front of his home, 918 Farnam, early today, according to a report made to Davenport police.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Metropolitan Airport Authority Chairman Stewart Winstein and Davenport Bank And Trust president V.O. Figge will sign a loan agreement which will give the MAA a $7 million line of credit for the next seven years. The loan will fund construction of several new revenue-producing facilities including a new airport terminal.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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