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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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