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 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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