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 Rock River Illinois conference of the Methodist Church will hold its annual sessions this week in this city. About 200 ministers are expected to attend.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Brush electric company had prepared a new schedule of rates to become effective Oct. 1, with slightly increased rates to consumers.
1914 — 100 years ago: The Rock Island Aerie of Eagles made plans for the laying of the cornerstone of a new $50,000 Eagles Home. W.C. Maucker is to be master of ceremonies.
1939 — 75 years ago: Col. Charles A. Lindbergh spoke on "America and Foreign War" in a neutrality debate over nation wide radio hook-up.
1964 — 50 years ago: Two awards of the National Safety council were presented to the city of Rock Island today at noon at a meeting held in the YWCA.
1989 — 25 years ago: The final tallies are not yet in for the summer 1989 Quad-Cities tourism season, but officials are expecting the number of visitors to the area to be at least as good as, if not better than, 1988.






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