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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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