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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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