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 female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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