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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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