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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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