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: 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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