Day in history for June 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Among the arrivals at the Rock Island House were William Walcott of Utica, N.Y., and Henry Farnham, N.B. Judd and W.B. Ogden of Chicago. All are stockholders in the Rock Island Railroad. These gentlemen came over the line from Peru and are examining the proposed line from Davenport to Iowa City.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Josephine passed up this morning taking on at this point 800 boxes of glass from our glass works and 60 of Buford's sulky plows.

1903 -- 100 years ago
H.M. McCaskrin, attorney for Zella Eagle Eye, an Indian, filed suit, seeking to recover $10,000 from Police Magistrate G. Albert Johnson. The petition alleged that the magistrate committed Eagle Eye to jail on a disorderly conduct charge, and he was kept confined until the afternoon of April 7, election day. Eagle Eye was a member of the Independent Voters Club, an organization opposed to Johnson's political views.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Don Smith and James E. Martin were elected captains of Rock Island's basketball and track teams.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Arthur Nixon, Davenport, had a brief but costly nap in Spencer Square, Rock Island. Nixon told police someone removed a $140 watch from his wrist while he dozed.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Milan's flood-protection project dreams became reality when President Jimmy Carter included funding for the project in his budget request for water projects in 1979.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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