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: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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