Day in history for July 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
In a letter to The Argus, Mrs. Tonguey described the embarrassment of ladies who shop and promenade on Illinois Street (2nd Avenue). Sidewalks and steps along the street are cluttered with groups of men loungers who comment on every passing lady's appearance, including the shape of her feet.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Two days ago Tommy Ward, 5, was lost in the woods at Coal Valley while out berry picking. The neighbors searched during the night. Then church bells were rung, and the whole village was organized and started in all directions, but thus far without success.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Reports are current that Capt. John Streckfus will not operate the City of Winona packet on the Rock Island-Clinton run next season.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A committee of citizens was named to oppose the transfer of the seventh grade of Longfellow School to Washington Junior High School.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The rush to purchase gas heating equipment has flooded Quad-Cities contractors with orders. With 3,500 gas heating permits allocated last spring, contractors also have, with this week's announcement of the release of more gas permits, another 7,000 potential customers.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Hundreds of Rock Island households and several businesses were without electricity for 41 minutes Friday afternoon when an Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric Co. cable failed for unknown reasons.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rev. R.J. Humphrey, once a clergyman in this city, was reported killed in a quarrel in New Orleans.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Argus "walked" to a 13-0 victory over American Container Corporation last night to clinch the championship of Rock Island's A Softball League at Northwest Douglas Park.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Immediate Care Center emergency medical office at South Park Mall is moving back to United Medical Center on Sept. 1. After nearly six years in operation at the mall, Care Center employees are upset by UMC's decision. The center is used by 700 to 800 people each month.








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