Day in history for July 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Notice the new advertisement of Messrs. J.G. Blythe And Co. in this paper. Mr. Sweetland, the new partner, is a very active and enterprising mechanic and a valuable accession to the firm.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Two to three hundred tramps are idle in Davenport while the papers are filled with advertisements calling for laborers.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. Louisa Vandruff, a resident of the Milan vicinity since 1843, died at 73.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Governor Len Small denied clemency to two men who are serving terms in the penitentiary for the murder of John Connor Looney during a gang battle in Rock Island Oct. 6, 1922.

1953 -- 50 years ago
As a precaution against the possibilities of contamination pets should be kept away from the old abandoned dump on 7th Street, East Moline, until the drive being made there against rats has been completed. Large quantities of poison have been spread over the old dumping area in an effort to rid the place of rodents and the poison is a type to which pets and humans are susceptible.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Moline man escaped serious injury after his car collided with a railroad ``speed sweeper'' at 17th St. this morning. The sweeper clears the tracks of stray metal. Vern Kingery, 1516 16th Ave., Moline, said he was crossing the tracks on a green light when the railroad vehicle struck his car.

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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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