Day in history for July 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council allowed bills totaling $305.45 to four men for superintending the building of sidewalks and crossings on 9th, 17th and 19th Streets.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A large crowd attended a trial held in a grove near the high school at Port Byron. Blue-ribbon temperance forces were out in large numbers as they sought to close a saloon in Cordova for selling liquor in smaller quantity than one gallon to a customer, contrary to law. The jury found the liquor store not guilty.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Fred McDougle of Geneseo drowned when he went swimming in cold water, 20 feet deep, in a hole left from quarrying stone on Sylvan Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island's team is in second place and the Moline club is third in the Mississippi Valley baseball league standings.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Quad-City authorities apprehended eight men accused of plundering Quad-City area safes in recent months. The eight men are charged specifically in warrants with five safe burglaries where loot reportedly totaled $3,092.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Two inmates at the Scott County jail escaped the Davenport facility shortly before 11 a.m. The pair was identified by Scott County Jailer Bob Schmidt as Kenneth Canarr, 18, and Bruce Farris, 19, both of Davenport. The pair escaped by hiding in a garage when other prisoners were returning to their cells after morning exercise.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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