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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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