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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.

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