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: 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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