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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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