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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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