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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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