Day in history for July 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Moline Academy will be opened on the first day of August next, under the charge of Mr. E.C. Abbey, principal.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Printer George Lukens has sold his shares of stock in the Rock Island Union newspaper to Walter Johnson.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The St. Louis Bridge Co. offered to replace all the Milan bridges, owned by the city of Rock Island, for $4,000 a span.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Two Davenport youths confessed to the fatal shooting of a policeman, following their capture in Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Crestwood Hills residents will get an opportunity tonight to decide what, if any, kind of street lighting they want in that addition. The question, undecided after three years of neighborhood discussion, argument, and bickering, has delayed the installation of any kinds of lights in the area. Most want ornamental lights but they don't want to pay for them. The meeting is slated for 7 p.m. in the Moline city hall.

1978 -- 25 years ago
An estimated 25,000 Illinois Bell subscribers in Moline encountered difficulty in getting dial tones beginning about 8:30 a.m. Many who did finally get dial tones reported they would get only busy signals or recordings after dialing the desired number. Illinois Bell spokesmen said the problems were in the electronic switching system serving Moline's 764, 762, 797 and 757 exchanges.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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