Day in history for July 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We noticed a large lot of boiler iron, discharging from the Ben West, at the Rock Island levee the other day for the Messrs. Buford's steam boiler manufactory.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Argus job printing rooms turn out cards, circulars, note heads, bill heads, law briefs, and all other kinds of printing, in the highest style of the art, and on the most reasonable terms. And The Argus book bindery is doing all kinds of work in that line, neat, quick and cheap.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Special trains ran between Rock Island and Moline on the Fourth.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Justice Floyd E. Thompson of Rock Island County, Democratic nominee for governor, launches his campaign.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Quad-Cities and western Illinois were recovering from three weekend storms which flooded streets and houses, damaged crops, homes and business places, and disrupted telephone and electric power service. The loss will total many thousands of dollars. Hailstones as large as 15 inches in circumference fell in parts of Mercer and Henry counties.

1978 -- 25 years ago
About 667 East Moline residents who live near 21st Avenue have demanded that city officials use motor fuel tax funds to repair the road instead of building a new 12th Avenue. The 12th Avenue project is currently ranked first on the list while the 21st Avenue project is ranked ninth.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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