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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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