Day in history for July 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Argus said: An editor's wage should be the equivalent of $1 a day. Hence if somebody asks him to write a notice which will run a column and a half, he will use half an hour of his time and expound nearly 5 cents worth of effort.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Places on the Rock Island school board were won by H.C. Cleaveland and David Donaldson in an exciting election.

1903 -- 100 years ago
M.A. Patterson, assistant general freight agent of the Rock Island Lines, was presented with a gold watch and chain by friends at a banquet at Watch Tower Inn. He will move soon to Kansas City.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island welcomed a party of Chicago Boy Scouts who ended a Rock River canoe trip at this point.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Using hammers, bars and explosives, yeggs broke into a vault and blasted open a steel safe in the office of the Midway Oil Co. bulk plant, 4301 1st Ave., Rock Island. Gerald H. Falder, Sr., president of the firm, said more than $600 in cash was stolen and damage estimated at $500 was done.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Work is beginning on the Quad-City Center, a tourist and truck stop complex and industrial park at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Illinois 5, six years after the project first was planned. Moline's Weir Realty Co. and Land Dynamics, a St. Louis development firm, are beginning initial traffic studies at the site.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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