Day in history for June 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Stagecoaches, which connect with the present terminus of the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad at Peru, arrive daily between 4 and 6 p.m., and leave Rock Island for Peru at 7:30 a.m. daily. Always full inside. Good horses, good drivers.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles will parade in Rock Island in their new uniforms on the Fourth of July and will close the day with a celebration on Credit Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A raft of logs for the Weyerhaeuser And Denkmann sawmill hit a pier of the Crescent railway bridge in strong wind. The alarm was sounded and soon all available river craft were on hand to round up the scattered logs.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Deputy Sheriff Rudolph Kropp was severely beaten by four pugilists when he tried to quell a disturbance at a dance resort near Silvis.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Helen Foster, 25, 702 32nd Ave., Rock Island, was fined $15 and assessed $5.40 court costs in Rock Island police court on a charge of disturbing the peace. She allegedly was engaged in a hair pulling fight with Mrs. Millie Calhoun, a neighbor.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Green Rock officials are declaring war on property owners who have not mowed their lots. Ald. Henry VanKlaveren, chairman of the health and sanitation committee, said that Saturday will be the deadline for property owners to get the work done. The long grass hinders the city's fight against mosquitoes.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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