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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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