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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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