Day in history for July 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Three deck hands were killed when the chimney blew down on the steamer Michigan between Rock Island and Muscatine during the high windstorm yesterday.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Another gang of boys has been arrested, this time for throwing stones at members of the Athletic Boat Club as they launched their boats from the boathouse. The leader of the boys was tried and sent to jail for 20 days.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Orders have arrived for the manufacture of the new Springfield rifle at Rock Island Arsenal. Plans call for the production of 125 rifles a day.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ben T. Reidy and R.A. Jacobson were chosen to represent Rock Island at a hearing on location of a barge terminal in the Quad-Cities.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Wells School District No. 46 was annexed to East Moline District No. 37 by the Rock Island County Board of School Trustees. The action, which increases the territory of the East Moline district by about a third, was taken after a public hearing in the county courtroom. No objectors to the annexation appeared at the session.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Construction of Moline's 5th Avenue redevelopment project began today with predictions it would mark the beginning of a downtown renaissance. Lucille Beling, wife of the late Earl Beling, signaled the start of construction by cracking a champagne bottle against a backhoe at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 16th Street.

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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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