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: 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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