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: 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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