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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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