Day in history for August 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Congress ordered a survey of the Rock Island rapids. Of course, nothing was done when the river was low. A party of officers arrived when the water was 20 feet deep and could do nothing then except take comfortable hotel quarters here and amuse themselves by hunting, fishing and gallanting the ladies. Now the river is down. Now they can find out that the rocks are still where the last surveyor of the river left then.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The celebrated Rock Island Railroad building firm of Reynolds, Salpaugh And Co. has taken a contract to lay the C.B.And Q. tracks in western Iowa. The firm has built railroads and bridges all over the country. The senior member is Rock Island's esteemed mayor, Elisha P. Reynolds.

1903 -- 100 years ago
E.E. Buffum today became associate editor and John M. Colligan returned as city editor of The Argus.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Sheriff's forces confiscated 2,500 pints of beer and a quantity of hard liquor in five raids.

1953 -- 50 years ago
This may be the supersonic age, but Rock Island speeders beware. The police department will have its new radar-type speed analyzer in operation ``very shortly'' according to an announcement made by Chief of Police Claus C. Miller.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The East Moline fire department was called to the railroad tracks by International Harvester about 4:30 p.m. Monday to extinguish a grass fire.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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