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 rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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