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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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