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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.

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