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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