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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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