Day in history for June 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
For the Fourth of July celebration in Rock Island, the committee has planned a town dinner in the courthouse yard, oratory, and a parade.

1878 -- 125 years ago
L.M. Haverstick and David Donaldson were nominated for places on the Rock Island board of education at a caucus attended by 60 persons. Ten candidates received votes on the first ballot.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Illinois has a new compulsory education law, recently enacted by the legislature. Children now will be compelled to attend school from the age of 7 to 14.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Dr. Malcolm L. Harris of Chicago was elected president of the American Medical Association. Harris was born in Rock Island in 1862.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport residents can stop filing complaints about odors from the Rock Island dump at the foot of 18th Avenue. Malcolm Kettering, Rock Island superintendent of streets, said today that the prolonged burning at the dump should end by the first of the week. Reason for the burning, he said, was because of the large amount of branches and debris left by recent storms.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The long-awaited addition to Deere and Co.'s administrative facilities off John Deere Road is now complete. Amidst a fanfare of speeches, dinners and entertainment this weekend and into next week, Deere officials are formally marking the opening of the company's new West Office Building.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






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