Day in history for July 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The rails on the Rock Island Railroad have been laid six miles west of Peru and the work is progressing rapidly. Timber for the Rock River railroad bridge has landed at Hampton and will be hauled to the bridge location by teams.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Six prisoners removed some loose bricks from a wall in the county jail and escaped today. A passerby saw them climbing the west jailyard fence, so that officers were soon in pursuit. Three had been recaptured by 3:30 this afternoon.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Eloquent as ever, William Jennings Bryan, twice a candidate for president of the United States, addressed 2,500 people at the Moline Chautauqua in Prospect Park.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Fort Theater will install apparatus for presenting ``sound'' pictures, at a cost of $50,000.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Norman Moecker, Taylor Ridge, and Mrs. Virgil Blaser, Reynolds, underwent surgery Monday morning at Moline Lutheran Hospital. They are sisters and occupy the same room at the hospital.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Virgil Bozeman likes to celebrate anniversaries in style. So Bozeman, a Moline attorney named recently by The Daily Dispatch among the most influential citizens of the Quad-Cities, played 18 holes both Saturday and Sunday in the Short Hills Country Club Golf Championship, 50 years after he first played, and won, the event. He walked the course both days.

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