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: 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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