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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