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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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