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 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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