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 learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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