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: 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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