Day in history for June 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Citizens of Rock Island County will meet in the courthouse tonight to make plans for celebrating July 4.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A lean, long-bewhiskered individual pushing a wheelbarrow put his appearance at the post office at 1 o'clock this afternoon and drew quite a large crowd as he pursued his way through the city.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The hop and reception given by the junior class of Rock Island High School at Black Hawk Inn last evening in the honor of the senior class was attended by about 100 couples. The committee in charge consisted of James Maucker, chairman, Guy Munger, Cora VanGalder, Ruth Buffum and Faith Channon.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ethel Greenblatt, a student at Lincoln Grade School, Rock Island, won the city jacks championship.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A youth parade, the crowning of Miss Jean Siefken as Miss East Moline and the first performance of the historical pageant, ``East Moline Through the Years,'' got the city's 4-day Golden Jubilee celebration off to a rousing start.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Steve McNulty of Alexis has come a long way since he built a free-form design sloop boat in seventh grade. His latest project is a 200-pound, 7-and-a-half-foot-tall grandfather clock. The clock is solid cherrywood Colonial design with wooden gears. The 25-year-old McNulty has spent more than one thousand hours developing his unique clock.

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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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