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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