Day in history for July 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Congress will survey the upper rapids (Port Byron to Rock Island) and the lower rapids (near Keokuk) for a 6-foot channel. The Argus estimates it will take 10 years and 20 million dollars to blow out the rocks and do the job right.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The shade in the courthouse yard was well utilized today. Not a patch as large as a nickel was left unoccupied by resting people.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Two hundred members of the electrical workers union held a memorial service for L.B. Cornwall, Spency Lenny and T.R. Berquist, who recently lost their lives by accidents.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mel Hodge won the Rock Island city tennis tournament.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A reward for $3,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a double bombing in Rock Island has been posted by The Argus. The blasts were delivered in one-two fashion at the homes of A.F. Anderson, Jr., 712 25th St., foreman of The Argus composing room since the strike of union printers took place nearly seven months ago, and John T. Reagan, 839 24th St., secretary-treasurer and business representative of the Tri-City Pressmen's Union.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Illinois Transporation Secretary John Kramer says his department will replace the Knoxville Road bridge over Mill Creek, removing one of the last potential roadblocks to Milan's flood protection project.

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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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