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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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