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 The village board voted unanimously to change the route of a new water main which will replace an outdated main along 1st Street.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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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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