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: 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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