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: 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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