Day in history for July 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Capt. Tom Buford, steamboat owner, and James Buford, who has been in business in Davenport, have taken up residence in Rock Island and have gone into various business enterprises with Col. N.B. Buford, who is erecting a fine new business block on Illinois Street. (A 4-story building at the present site of the Cleaveland building).

1878 -- 125 years ago
Fighting is a dangerous practice. Another Rock Island man this week had his nose bitten off during a fist fight. A week ago a tramp lost all of his nose in a fight with another tramp in the jungles just outside the city limits.

1903 -- 100 years ago
While three young couples were cruising in a gasoline launch between Rock Island and Davenport, the boat overturned and Elsa Morey and Clara Luethjen, both of Davenport, drowned last evening.

1928 -- 75 years ago
More than fifty executives of International Harvester Co. held their semi-annual conference at the new Farmall Works in Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Davenport Plan Commission is scheduled to take action on recommending a site for a combined municipal art gallery and public museum. A site in VanderVeer Park is expected to be the commission's choice.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A crowd of 25,000 is expected Sunday for a noon-to-dusk rock concert on Credit Island, Davenport, featuring the Doobie Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Journey and VanHalen.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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