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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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