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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.

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