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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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