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.''

Back: Available days in June 2003

Local events heading

  Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.

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.

(More History)