Day in history for July 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Henry McNeal, William A. Harrold and Daniel Edgington have been appointed to view farms entered in a contest to be held by the Rock Island County Agricultural Society.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Bertie, 3-year-old son of Oscar Bisant, drowned today when he fell out of a boat near Campbell's Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Col. G.W. French won a golf handicap tournament at the Arsenal Club. Actual scores by the 30 participants ranged from John D. Cady's 87 to 125.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Two hundred children will compete for prizes in the annual pet parade tomorrow.

1953 -- 50 years ago
There's still money in the city dump operations as far as the city of Davenport is concerned. George Silver of Davenport offered to pay the city $81.25 a month during the next year for the privilege of purchasing scrap iron, metal, paper and rags from operators on the dumping grounds at Division Street.

1978 -- 25 years ago
About half the people in Milan who walked, bleary-eyed, into their showers this morning to wash away the Monday blahs had an unpleasant surprise when they turned on the faucet. Nothing happened. The pumping system at Milan's Number 4 well, located in Camden Park, failed about 3 a.m. today, leaving most of the village south of Andalusia Road without water pressure. An auxiliary system was put into operation from the Number 3 well about 10 this morning.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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