Day in history for June 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island County Jail is now empty. Any person in want of safe lodging rooms can now be accommodated by calling on the proprietor, G. Bollman, Esq.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The clothing store of J.B. Zimmer was entered and garments valued at $200 stolen.

1903 -- 100 years ago
At a Rebekah district meeting held in Geneseo, Mrs. Agnes Simpson of Rock Island was elected president and Mrs. Hedburg was elected secretary. The next district meeting will be held in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Work on the construction of the new supreme office of the Royal Neighbors of America, at 16th St. and 3rd Ave., Rock Island, progressed rapidly in the past two weeks and most plastering work has been completed.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Rock Island school board plans to spend $66,000 this summer on repair and expansion jobs throughout the system if the money is available and no unexpected repair work turns up. The biggest job involves about $35,000 for all-purpose buildings at Irving and Hawthorne schools.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The life of a 200-year-old oak tree was spared in Coal Valley. The village board voted unanimously to change the route of a new water main which will replace an outdated main along 1st Street. The change means the majestic oak in front of the G. Wayne ``Banjo'' Smith home, 1507 1st St., will be spared earth-moving machines furrowing through its roots.

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