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: 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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