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: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once.
1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed.
1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France.
1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion.
1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.




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