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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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