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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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