Day in history for June 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. John B. Jervis, President of the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad Co. and Wm. B. Jervis, Chief Engineer, arrived in town on Saturday last. These gentlemen it will be recollected were appointed a committee by the directors at their last meeting, to locate the depot grounds at this end of the route.

1878 -- 125 years ago
William Walters and daughter of Wyoming, Ill., were guests at the Harper House.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Steps were taken at the First Methodist Church to form a Tri-City Methodist organization. Dr. Frizzelle was made chairman of a group to form the organization.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Oscar E. Apple, Rock Island, again won the Trans-Mississippi checker tournament.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline citizens were reminded by John T. Lindquist, city health inspector, that they must cut weeds on their property. Lindquist urges the weeds be cut for two reasons, health and appearance of their property. He said those who do not cut the weeds are liable for arrest and fines from $5 to $50.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A unique, unmistakable aroma flowed from Alderman John Collins' mouth as he chatted outside East Moline City Hall. It was garlic. ``I just read that garlic will thin out your blood and keeps you from getting a cardiac arrest when you get excited,'' he said. He used the chaw of garlic, he said, because ``I have to keep calm. I want to serve out my term.''

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.

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