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: 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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