Day in history for July 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Cook and Donaldson, enterprising farmers who came from Pennsylvania, have raised 2,000 bushels of winter wheat as their first crop at Prairiefield. They sold the entire crop to the Messrs. Johnston, millers, at Camden Mills (Milan).

1878 -- 125 years ago
Plans for a proposed brick schoolhouse at Reynolds are on display in the store of R.B. Olmsted. I.N. Holmes of Rock Island is the architect. The sum of $3,000 has been voted for construction costs.

1903 -- 100 years ago
William H. Hurley, watchman at the 15th Street railway crossing in Moline, was killed when a freight car was thrown off the tracks. It smashed the guard's tower to kindling wood and hurled Mr. Hurley in front of a passing train.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Gasoline will advance in price 1 cent a gallon tomorrow. The new price will be 17 cents.

1953 -- 50 years ago
After falling 20 feet from a window in her home yesterday, Judy Kay Barnes, 23-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Barnes, Rock Island, was released from St. Anthony's Hospital this morning.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Moline High School student Anne Silberman left for New York this morning to go to a party at the St. Regis Hotel, at the invitation of her favorite entertainer, Barry Manilow. Miss Silberman has written 104 fan letters to Manilow. The party is honoring Manilow's return to New York, midway through his U.S. tour.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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