Day in history for June 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A company of singers entertained people nightly. They were the whippoorwills, and their music may be heard especially along Moline Road.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A soldiers' monument was unveiled at Aledo on the Fourth of July. Rock Island Arsenal sent artillery to the celebration, by special permission of the war department.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Guy Scott of Aledo was declared the winner by 44 votes over Joseph N. Carter for a place on the Supreme Court bench of Illinois.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Bituminous Casualty Corp., now being organized in Rock Island, was issued a state charter.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A former Rock Island resident is alive today because of what has been termed by experts as a medical miracle. The heart of Mrs. Robert Rosenthal, 37, now living in Tampa, Fla., was massaged for 24 minutes by the supple fingers of a Tampa surgeon after it had stopped beating and began to beat again during an operation. The 24-minute massage period is believed the longest on record.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Two men narrowly escaped injury when the walls of a ditch they were working in caved in on them. Philip Vaughn, Orion, and Bill Davis, Sherrard, were working in a ditch for a sewer line to a new home being built in the Oak Park Addition, Coal Valley, when the sides of the trench gave way. Vaughn was completely buried for a brief time and Davis partially covered.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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