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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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