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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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