Day in history for June 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mrs. Emily Gertrude Macauliff, St. Louis, plans to make either Rock Island or Davenport her residence for the summer. Next autumn she intends to publish a volume of her poetry, entitled ``Gleanings of Memory.''

1878 -- 125 years ago
Some 250 excursionists from Aledo visited Rock Island today. They ate lunch in courthouse park. The affair was sponsored by Allen's Business College of Aledo.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Class day exercises of the Rock Island graduating class were held in the assembly room last evening. Frank Bruner read the class prophecy. Roy Sears made an address, presenting the class present to the school, a copy of Bologna's statue of ``Flying Mercury.'' A one-act farce, ``The Fatal Message,'' concluded the program.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Sarah Ann Walker, 1556 40th St., Rock Island, received a letter of congratulations from President Coolidge on her 102nd birthday anniversary.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A public meeting has been called for 7:30 p.m. Monday in Wells grade school, south of East Moline, to discuss the possibility of annexing the Wells district to the East Moline Grade School District.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mrs. Paul Swanson, owner of an accident-prone house at 435 8th St., Moline, is worried sick that someone is going to be killed on her property. In the past eight months, three cars traveling on 5th Avenue have left the road and crashed into her duplex.

Back: Available days in June 2003



Local events heading








  Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."






(More History)