Day in history for July 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Teachers in Rock Island adopted a resolution that they ``will not be responsible for the improvement of any scholar whose absence from and tardiness at school are frequent.''

1878 -- 125 years ago
On the Fourth, there will be a grand old celebration at Shank's Grove under auspices of Bleuer's Band.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Peter Hanson is the winner in The Argus Faithful Service Contest and will receive a gold watch. Mr. Hanson has worked 45 years for the Barnard And Leas Manufacturing Co. More than 20 longtime employees were entered in the contest.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Onie Rogers, western Illinois marbles champion in a contest sponsored by The Argus, won nine straight matches to reach the semifinals of a national marbles tournament at Atlantic City.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Continuation of the Mississippi Scenic Parkway Commission to aid in the promotion of a scenic parkway and highway for the state along the Mississippi River is authorized in a bill which Gov. William G. Stratton signed into law.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Deere And Co. officials, who last week celebrated the opening of an extravagant new office complex, today announced plans to construct a product engineering center in Silvis. The 160,000-square-foot building will be built just west of Illinois 5 and 92, north of the Rock Island Lines Silvis Yards, on a 300-acre site owned by Deere.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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