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 The village board voted unanimously to change the route of a new water main which will replace an outdated main along 1st Street.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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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