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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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