Day in history for June 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Under new arrangements for daily mail, the Frink stagecoaches will carry mail to and from Peru, the present terminus of the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad. Mail is being received six to eighteen hours earlier than formerly.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Central Presbyterian ladies were hostesses at a strawberry and ice cream lawn party last night on the lawn of the John Warner home on Moline (5th) Avenue.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Long View Gun Club was organized at the Robert Harper farm on Aiken Street (21st Avenue). The shooting range will be on that farm.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Production at Farmall Works has increased to 125 tractors daily.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An East Moline rifle and hunting enthusiast recently was issued a patent for a device which gives promise of becoming standard equipment on all telescopic gun sights. He is Clarence A. Blais, a tool inspector for the Swan Engineering Co. of Bettendorf. His invention is a simple device which serves to keep the lenses on the telescope closed when the marksman is not using it for aiming.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Moline landmark was auctioned off Saturday to a man Upper Rock Island Chamber of Commerce President Arthur Holmes said ``would really do something for the area.'' The Reliance Building, 1518 5th Ave., went for $195,000 to Alex B. Stone, a Rock Island veterinarian.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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