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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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