Day in history for June 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Ben Harper has sold his beautiful residence above town (7th Ave., Rock Island) and 10 acres of ground to Charles Buford of Kentucky for $10,000.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Phoebe W. Sudlow, for many years superintendent of Davenport schools, has been elected professor of English at Iowa University, where the board of directors long have wanted a lady professor to take care of lady students.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Lines expects to occupy the large new railroad shops being built at Pleasant Valley (Silvis) by Jan. 1, 1904.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Karl ``Peanuts'' Swanson, second baseman of the Rock Island team in the Mississippi Valley league, was sold to the Chicago White Sox.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Moline police and FBI agents continued their investigation into the mysterious disappearance of seven dozen women's dresses, valued at $400, from a truck shipment. The dresses, in two cartons, were shipped from Boris Smolen Sons, Elkhart, Ind., to the Petersen Harned VonMaur store in Davenport. The shipment cleared the Chicago docks of the company where the truck was sealed. The truck arrived in Moline with the seal intact but with no trace of the dresses.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Ralph Gerhardt's flowering cactus at Barstow has blossomed out this year with 20 large, orange-red blooms and buds, the most it has ever had during its 65-year life.

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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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