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: 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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