Day in history for July 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Travelers for the east should come to Rock Island and take the stagecoach to Peru, the present terminus of the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad. Passengers may come here by boat, get a good night's rest, take a morning stagecoach for Peru and arrive in Chicago at 11 a.m. the next day.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A horse owned by the Union Meat Market was prostrated by the heat today at 24th Street and 3rd Avenue, Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Jeanette Golden, 16, the girl who was stricken with lockjaw as the result of a blank cartridge wound in her hand received at a July 4 celebration, died today after several days of agony.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Burglars stole $2,000 in cash and checks at the Rock Island Lumber Co. office.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport police had a bomb scare early today. Three loud explosions near 10th Street and Oneida Avenue caused considerable excitement in the neighborhood and several squad cars were sent to investigate. Mindful of the recent bombings in Rock Island, the officers searched the area but were unable to find any evidence of the explosions.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Quinn's Carousel in Hampton recently became sort of a drive-in restaurant for trains, when three trainmen pulled up for lunch. The men say they usually stop for lunch somewhere along the route, but generally have to walk further than they did in Hampton.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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