Day in history for July 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We need a good four-horse omnibus between here and Moline. The carriage now used is a good one but it is so overflowing with passengers all the time that the driver has to ride on the dashboard.

1878 -- 125 years ago
On the Fourth the steamer McDonald made two trips taking Rock Island and Davenport people to the Grand Temperance Jubilee at Buffalo, Iowa.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Hamlin H. Hull was re-elected to the Rock Island school board although there was a quiet, last-minute campaign in behalf of a write-in candidate, A. DeSoland. The vote was 424 to 263.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Location of a barge terminal, sought by each of the Tri-Cities, will be determined at a conference in Washington July 11.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Work is expected to be started soon on a $400,000 addition to the Milan plant of the Davenport Packing Co. The addition will increase the capacity of the Milan plant about four times and, when in full operation, will provide work for a total force of from 150 to 175 employees.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County Sheriff Jim Shaw has issued orders to deputies aimed at reducing the amount of gasoline purchased at private, and more expensive, service stations. Despite promises and a money shortage earlier this year, the sheriff's department bought less 55-cent-a-gallon gas from Rock Island and more from private dealers.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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