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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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