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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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