Day in history for July 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Railroad offers free transportation of all livestock and farm produce destined for the state fair at Springfield. The railroad, which so far runs from Chicago to six miles west of Peru, will carry passengers headed for the fair at half the usual price.

1878 -- 125 years ago
All of New Boston turned out, after the town bell was rung, to hunt for a 10-year-old boy. At 2 a.m. he was found sleeping soundly on the cellar hatch-door at his home.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Fourteen men formed a co-partnership and built a telephone line from Milan to Taylor Ridge. When arguments developed among the partners, some of them grounded the wire. That was followed by a series of wire-cutting retaliations.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Argus will use a megaphone to give a street crowd a blow-by-blow account of the Tunney-Heeney heavyweight championship fight. Be in front of the Argus at 8 p.m.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A permit for the new Eagle Supermarket at 4011 23rd Ave., Moline, was issued by Building Inspector Gust B. Faust, and an early start on the job was forecast. The estimated cost of the structure was set at $107,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
When Bill Brown's bicycle broke down, he had a problem. With a too-big-to-carry pile of Daily Dispatches to deliver to his Cambridge customers, Bill had to do something. He put them in his aunt's baby stroller and pushed them around town.

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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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