Day in history for July 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
At Camden (Milan) the postmaster throws our papers in a pile and tells each subscriber, if he can't find one with his name on it, ``Take any of 'em; we don't get paid for taking care of them.'' That isn't the way a post office was run when The Argus editor was postmaster.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Lew West and Frank Philleo, prominent young men of Rock Island, left today by emigrant wagon for the far west. They took a full prairie rig, including arms and ammunition.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The First Methodist Church is free of debt for the first time in 40 years, owing to the labors the last few years of the pastor, the Rev. R.B. Williams.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The former Mary Weir of Davenport was married to Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr., member of one of America's wealthiest families.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Jack Fleck, Davenport, Iowa public links golf pro, was eliminated from the Professional Golfers Association tournament as he bowed to Wally Ulrich of Austin, Mich., in the first round of match play, 3 and 2. Fleck startled the gallery at the PGA event by firing a hole in one during qualifying action.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Sid Kemmis of rural Prophetstown was named among the top six in the finals of the National Pork Cookout Contest, sponsored by the National Pork Producers. Kemmis, 32, won the honor by grilling a cut of pork, a crown roast, filled with bread stuffing.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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