Day in history for July 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The good steamboat Ben West, L.A. Welton, Master, now visits us every week, as a regular packet from St. Louis to Galena. She is a staunch and good boat, well appointed and well commanded.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Socialists locally have lost votes by their failure to have the courage to endorse the 8-hour working day proposals.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Many from here will attend the national convention of Civil War veterans in San Francisco next month.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's baseball team leads others in the Mississippi Valley league in attendance during the first two months of the season.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The reward was increased to $5,000 today for information leading to arrests and convictions in Rock Island's double bombing. Publishers of the Moline Dispatch announced they are contributing $1,000 to the original sum of $3,000 posted by The Argus for solution of the bombing mystery, and the publishers of the Daily Times and Morning Democrat announced they, too, will contribute $1,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The assistant to the president of Black Hawk College has been appointed executive assistant to the president of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Dr. James R. Buck, 35, of Moline, was named to the post Thursday. He will assume the new position Aug. 1. Buck has been employed at Black Hawk since 1966.

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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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