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: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.








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