Day in history for August 1, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Hudson, who is staying at the Graham House, will open two schools of penmanship in Rock Island, one in the brick schoolhouse in Church (Spencer) Square and one at the Seminary. His specimens show that he teaches a good style of penmanship.

1878 -- 125 years ago
James Conway, living four miles south of Reynolds, came to Reynolds to buy a load of lumber for the Catholic church. He started home at noon, seated atop the pile of lumber. An hour later his lifeless body was found beside the road, where the load had fallen on him.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Charles Aldrich, state historian of Iowa, says he has located the grave of Black Hawk, the Indian chief who lived at Rock River here until his defeat in the Black Hawk War. The grave is reported as near Eldon, Iowa, on the site of the old deserted town of Iowaville.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A crowd of 4,000 was at the greyhound races at the track on 23rd Avenue, south of Moline, last night.

1953 -- 50 years ago
With two alleged safecracking gangs already in custody, Rock Island police are faced with tracking down a third which broke through the roof at the AFL union hall, 1512 4th Ave., and looted two safes and a small cash safety box of nearly $1,100 cash.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Officer Wayne Westphall is turning his badge in to the Moline Police Department. Police work, he says, has only been a preparation for his real calling, the priesthood.

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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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