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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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