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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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