Day in history for July 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
If people do not stop picking flowers and injuring shrubs in the town cemetery, The Argus promises to print the names of the offenders.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A reader, in a letter to the editor of The Argus, complained that amateur bands too frequently visit Reynolds and continue their summer concerts until midnight, preventing sleep by peaceful citizens.

1903 -- 100 years ago
New officers of the Rock Island board of education are F.C. Denkmann, president, S.S. Kemble, secretary, and Carl Helpenstell, treasurer.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Lt. Bob Minick, who will head Rock Island's new school of aviation, flew a training ship to the city from St. Louis today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The hitch-hiking ducks at Davenport's Fejervary Park still are ``riding'' the three carp, Wynken, Blynken and Nod, who swish around in the moat surrounding Prince Drake castle at the children's zoo. Latest tactic of the ducks is to launch pecking attacks on the tails of their finny steeds.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Army officials have decided to hang onto thousands of vintage M-1 rifles and carbines left over from past wars and store some 116,000 of them at Rock Island Arsenal. The World War II and Korean War weapons, with an estimated resale value of $11.6 million, were moved here during the past year. They had been slated for ``demilitarization'' (melting down).

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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