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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