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: 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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