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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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