Day in history for July 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
On Sunday, 120 Germans (men, women and children) landed at Davenport.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A hundred tramps a day, on the average, pass through these cities. A freight car full of tramps got into some barrels of whiskey in the car last night, so that this morning Rock Island police had more trouble than usual escorting the day's arrivals into Iowa.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A law just enacted by the Illinois legislature forbids discrimination in the renting of hearses and carriages for funerals.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Mrs. Claire Golden of Cordova was reelected chairman of the Rock Island County Home Bureau.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Armed with a cap pistol, an Atkinson farmer captured two suspected pig thieves in Moline after a wild motor chase over Henry and Rock Island county roads. Held in Moline city jail, charged with stealing a truckload of pigs are: Edgar Brooks, 17, and Alvin McIntire, 16, Geneseo. A third suspect, Jack McIntire, 21, also of Geneseo, was taken into custody by Henry County sheriff's deputies in Geneseo.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Tampico's police radar may have been an effective weapon against speeders, but it wasn't much good against thieves. According to Tampico Police Chief Bob Appleman, a radar speed detection unit was stolen from Tampico's sole squad car, while the vehicle was in a local garage for routine maintenance.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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