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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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