Day in history for July 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The city of Rock Island is advertising for bids for material to raise the level of Illinois Street (2nd Avenue) and bring it to the established city grade.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Although Ben Harper is building a magnificent opera house and thereby giving employment to many mechanics in this year of joblessness, the Rock Island City Council has refused to authorize a sewer in 16th Street from the theater to the river.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Pope Leo XIII died today at 93. He had been pope for 25 years.

1928 -- 75 years ago
J.J. Hagen of Beardstown, Ill., has been chosen to succeed R.W. Bardwell as Rock Island superintendent of public schools.

1953 -- 50 years ago
``Memorial Park is not conductive to good love making,'' Rock Island County Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman reported today. It seems that the park has suffered property damage from trespassers or in other words, would-be-lovers. The management of the park, determined to let those who have passed on rest in peace, hired a special deputy.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Angela Minas, a woman from East Moline, got an invitation to Telly Savalas' daughter's wedding. She got it from Savalas himself at the Quad-City Open. Savalas signed an autograph on her program and said the autograph was an invitation to the wedding. Savalas' daughter will be marrying Mrs. Minas' cousin's nephew in California later this month.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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