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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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