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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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