Day in history for June 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The right-of-way for the Rock Island Railroad has been graded almost the entire way from Peru to Rock Island. Enough iron soon will arrive from Europe to complete the road. Cars will run as far as Geneseo by Oct. 2, it is expected, and a bridge across Rock River will be finished before snow falls.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The nominees of the Communist party do not produce any enthusiasm among voters in this county. They are so unpopular that even the candidate for sheriff now says he did not want the nomination.

1903 -- 100 years ago
William A. Northcutt, lieutenant governor of Illinois and former head consul of Modern Woodmen of America in Rock Island, will be a candidate for vice president of the United States before the Republican national convention in 1904.

1928 -- 75 years ago
U.S. Senator Charles S. Deneen will head a group of Republicans who will speak in Rock Island Saturday night.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-City death toll from the summer's heat stood at three today, and there was no sign of a letup from the blistering temperatures and dripping humidity. The weather bureau predicted a high of 98 for tomorrow, following a low of 76 tonight.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Msgr. George Carton, a native of Moline who has served as chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria for the past 27 years, has been appointed to the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal effective July 1.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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