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: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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