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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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