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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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