Day in history for July 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Henry McNeal, William A. Harrold and Daniel Edgington have been appointed to view farms entered in a contest to be held by the Rock Island County Agricultural Society.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Bertie, 3-year-old son of Oscar Bisant, drowned today when he fell out of a boat near Campbell's Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Col. G.W. French won a golf handicap tournament at the Arsenal Club. Actual scores by the 30 participants ranged from John D. Cady's 87 to 125.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Two hundred children will compete for prizes in the annual pet parade tomorrow.

1953 -- 50 years ago
There's still money in the city dump operations as far as the city of Davenport is concerned. George Silver of Davenport offered to pay the city $81.25 a month during the next year for the privilege of purchasing scrap iron, metal, paper and rags from operators on the dumping grounds at Division Street.

1978 -- 25 years ago
About half the people in Milan who walked, bleary-eyed, into their showers this morning to wash away the Monday blahs had an unpleasant surprise when they turned on the faucet. Nothing happened. The pumping system at Milan's Number 4 well, located in Camden Park, failed about 3 a.m. today, leaving most of the village south of Andalusia Road without water pressure. An auxiliary system was put into operation from the Number 3 well about 10 this morning.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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