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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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