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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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