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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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