Day in history for June 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Nobody tires of the annual patriotic harangues. Everybody who attended last year's Fourth of July celebration in Rock Island and heard the speeches, toast and cannons will be eager again to swallow dust and drink lemonade in his country's honor.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Because of smallpox in two families, the office of City Physician Morey in Moline has been thronged all day by applicants for inoculation.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A contract has been let for construction of a grandstand at 9th Street park. The Tri-City Driving Association expects the stands to be ready for the July Fourth horse races there.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Raymond M. Rowland and Roland Johnson, both 14, were injured in separate fireworks accidents.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Legislation to provide $40,000 for the 18th Avenue seawall and roadway in the west section of Rock Island cleared the Illinois house without a dissenting vote. The money will be used to build up 18th Avenue east from Mill Street to about 4th Street to a level above the Mississippi River flood crests of 1951 and 1952.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Ground-breaking ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. on the site of the new Brady Bank office of Bettendorf Bank and Trust Co. at 53rd and Brady streets, Davenport. The event will be highlighted with a giant ``gold dig'' by some 400 children (aged 6 to 12) for $1,000 in buried cash certificates.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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