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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