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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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