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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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