Day in history for July 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
As soon as the increasing business of our city will warrant the enterprise, The Argus intends to start a daily paper. When railway cars and a telegraph become fixed facts among us, we shall commence the publication of a daily.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Democrats have selected as their candidate for sheriff George M. Luken and for coroner William Beardslee.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Two United States senators, ``Pitchfork Ben'' Tillman of South Carolina and J.R. Burton of Kansas, debated whether Negroes should be allowed to vote, as the constitution provides. The senators appeared on the Moline Chautauqua platform in Prospect Park.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Champion Gene Tunney scored a technical knockout of Tom Heeney in the 11th round of their fight in Chicago, which was a flop in regards to attendance.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A spry physician, who at 92 delivered his own son, said today hard work keeps him virile and temperance keeps him healthy. Dr. John D. Hullinger's 32-year-old wife bore him an 11-pound boy Sunday at the family home in Clinton, Iowa, and Hullinger said he was ``still rarin' to go.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
If the proposal of a special study group appointed by Governor James Thompson is accepted, the East Moline Mental Health Center may be shutting its doors. The 82-year-old institution costs about $8 million a year to run.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.

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