Day in history for August 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Argus editor has been advised to cease his attacks on his foes, but the war will go on. He has been attacked on all sides by sneaks, snobs and snarlers, eaters of flesh and eaters of opium, by sly insinuations, slander, open falsehoods, fists and feet, legal prosecutions and knives. What could we do, except defend ourselves as best we could?

1878 -- 125 years ago
The scenery of the new Harper Opera House has just been completed and is the most artistic outside Chicago.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Friends surprised E.D. Sweeney, Rock Island attorney, on his 70th birthday. They presented him with a Turkish chair.

1928 -- 75 years ago
William H. McConochie, Rock Island, was elected president of the Sixth Illinois Volunteer Regiment, which is holding its annual reunion here.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Hope Ryden, Chicago, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E.E. Ryden, 3400 10th Ave., Rock Island, is the first entrant in a national contest to select the prettiest American model who wears glasses.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Barstow volunteer firefighters were called to a barn fire about 1 a.m. Monday at the junction of Interstate 80 and Illinois 5. It was the fourth time firefighters have been called to extinguish unexplained fires on the farm, which is owned by an unidentified Chicago investment firm. The fire already had been extinguished by Port Byron firefighters.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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