Day in history for July 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
George W. Pleasants, Esq., has been chosen orator of the day for the Fourth. David Philips of the Pennsylvania House will furnish meals to the crowd in courthouse square. Tickets 50 cents.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The 10th annual convention of the Illinois Principals Association was held in Dart's Hall today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Capt. Walter Blair has sold the steamer W.J. Young, Jr., and it will be used in the excursion business on the lower Mississippi. The Young is now being overhauled at Kahlke's boatyards.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Onie Rogers, Rock Island, Argus contest marbles champion, tied for first place in the western regional playoffs at Atlantic City, N.J.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Purchase of 193 acres of additional Quad-City Airport land has been completed by the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County. The land, adjoining the present airport property on the west, was purchased from several owners for an estimated $108,000. It was part of the Paul Jahn estate.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Allen Nitz of Moline is getting married soon, so he's home baking a cake, his wedding cake. He's also carving hundreds of pastel colored roses which will decorate the four-tiered cake with a nine-layer base to celebrate his marriage to Kathy Brown of Moline on July 15. Nitz is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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