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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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