Day in history for July 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Rock Island has several hotels, always over-filled. Everyday visitors are obliged to seek accommodations in private homes. What shall we do when the railroad cars run here? Two or three first-class hotels are wanted in Rock Island immediately.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island's income last month was as follows: Poll tax, $103; Rock River bridge tolls, $545; city scales and other public weighing, $42.10; fines, $76.02.

1903 -- 100 years ago
George McNeal, who has retired to live in Hampton, is the oldest native of this county. He was born at Hampton 70 years ago, in 1833. Five generations of McNeals already have lived in the Watertown vicinity.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rev. Vincent J. Nordgren was called to become pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Miss Margaret S. Petersen, Rock Island, is one of the four women hydraulic engineers in the world. Miss Petersen is working with the Missouri River Division, U.S. Engineers.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline Ald. Paul Stewart, R-2nd Ward, says two weeks without ``the inspiration of The Almighty'' is too long. Stewart put Mayor Lawrence Lorensen on the spot when he demanded to know why the council hadn't opened up the last two council meetings with a prayer. Lorensen informed Stewart that so many ministers are on vacation at this time of year that none could be contacted to open the meeting with a prayer.

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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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