Day in history for July 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. William Roosevelt, president of the Warsaw and Rockford Railroad, addressed a mass meeting in the Rock Island County courthouse, urging a liberal subscription to the road's capital stock, since the railway will traverse almost the entire length of our county.

1878 -- 125 years ago
All Sunday School teachers are invited to meet with officers of the Rock Island County Sunday School Association in order to make suggestions as to the needs of each school.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island Retail Merchants Association will sponsor Pain's magnificent spectacle, ``Ancient Rome,'' a pageant nightly from Aug. 24 to 31 at the baseball park.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A district drum and bugle contest has been postponed until Aug. 18. The postponement followed the fatal injury in an auto collision of two Rock Island Legion men while the drum corps was making a booster tour of nearby towns.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island County's payroll checks and the payroll register will be prepared on machine equipment starting Friday, Aug. 14. The change-over from manual to machine system will save considerable time and money for the taxpapers of the county.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Smoke hung in the air and smoldered lumber occasionally flamed, as exhaused Black Hawk and Coyne Center firemen continued to put water on the ruins of the Carver Lumber Co. warehouse in Milan late Friday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."

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