Day in history for July 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Railroad offers free transportation of all livestock and farm produce destined for the state fair at Springfield. The railroad, which so far runs from Chicago to six miles west of Peru, will carry passengers headed for the fair at half the usual price.

1878 -- 125 years ago
All of New Boston turned out, after the town bell was rung, to hunt for a 10-year-old boy. At 2 a.m. he was found sleeping soundly on the cellar hatch-door at his home.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Fourteen men formed a co-partnership and built a telephone line from Milan to Taylor Ridge. When arguments developed among the partners, some of them grounded the wire. That was followed by a series of wire-cutting retaliations.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Argus will use a megaphone to give a street crowd a blow-by-blow account of the Tunney-Heeney heavyweight championship fight. Be in front of the Argus at 8 p.m.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A permit for the new Eagle Supermarket at 4011 23rd Ave., Moline, was issued by Building Inspector Gust B. Faust, and an early start on the job was forecast. The estimated cost of the structure was set at $107,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
When Bill Brown's bicycle broke down, he had a problem. With a too-big-to-carry pile of Daily Dispatches to deliver to his Cambridge customers, Bill had to do something. He put them in his aunt's baby stroller and pushed them around town.

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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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