Day in history for July 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Cornelius Lynde Sr. was appointed Rock Island supervisor of sidewalks by Mayor William Frizzell, and the city council instructed Lynde to build sidewalks on Illinois Street (2nd Avenue) and tax property for the work wherever the owners have refused to lay their own walks.

1878 -- 125 years ago
M.M. Ford, backed solidly by the Henry County delegation, won a Republican convention nomination for state senator over W.H. Gest of Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A calico-clad lady of 75 on her way from Missouri to Chicago created a sensation at the Rock Island depot today by smoking a pipe.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ralph Ostrom, cornet soloist with John Philip Sousa's band, left his parents' home in Rock Island today to rejoin the band.

1953 -- 50 years ago
An oil overflow on a heat-treating furnace at John Deere Plow Works caused a small but spectacular fire in the treating department. Moline firemen said the damage was slight and the fire was confined to the area around the combination oil and gas furnace.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Mireille Vercellotti, Bettendorf, has received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the second-highest award presented to civilians by the Department of Army. She was cited for her participation from 1965-78 in the development, implementation and operation of the Worldwide Ammunition Reporting System (WARS).

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