Day in history for July 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council paid for a lock for the town cemetery gate the other day. Wonder who has care of it? A drove of cattle were in the grounds today and the gate was open.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mayor E.P. Reynolds and his estimable wife will open the beautiful grounds surrounding their home at 5th Avenue and 30th Street for a Temperance lawn party tomorrow night. Amusements and refreshments suitable to the occasion will be provided.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The 13th annual convention of the Bankers Association of Illinois is being held in the Illinois Theater, Rock Island. Three hundred bankers are here.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A new school will be sought to relieve crowded conditions at the Frances Willard School.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The sale of Smith Bros. And Burdick Co., 726 Federal St., Davenport, a wholesale food-distributing firm, for a reported $50,000 to $75,000, was announced today. Don Lynn, a Davenport businessman in the institutional food distributing business for the last four years, is the new owner.

1978 -- 25 years ago
For seven tense minutes, crash-rescue firemen stood by at the Quad-City Airport, waiting for potential disaster. About 28,000 feet overhead, three of the four engines powering a Boeing 720 leased by Caesar's World entertainment conglomerate were stalled. Just as they were setting up for the approach, the pilot was able to restart the engines.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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