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 informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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