Day in history for July 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Much has been done in the last few weeks to bring sidewalks and streets up to the proper level. It will be some years before all streets can be raised to proper grade. The work must be done gradually, consistent with Rock Island's means. Eventually, this will be a beautiful city.

1878 -- 125 years ago
People flocked from all parts of the county to Rock Island today to see the Great Forepaugh Menagerie. The animals and every other feature of the entertainment was all that was advertised.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Two parties of teachers left by special cars for tours of the east. One group was led by H.B. Hayden, Rock Island superintendent of schools, and the other by S.J. Ferguson, county superintendent of schools.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Because of overcrowding in the schools, the Rock Island board of education decided to reopen Lowell School on 38th Street near 18th Avenue.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Two youthful bandits, one of whom posed as a clerk in Lage's Drugstore, 1306 W. Locust St., Davenport during a holdup and waited on a customer before fleeing with several hundred dollars, were being sought by Davenport police.

1978 -- 25 years ago
What's metal, weighs more than 6,000 pounds, is filled with concrete and is 5 feet in diameter and about 6 feet long? The Rock Island Arsenal Safety Office would like to know. Six of these objects were found late last April in the center of the Ramsey test track.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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