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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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