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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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