Day in history for August 13, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A prisoner broke out of jail in this county Monday. He was confined for stealing horses. No trace of him has yet been discovered.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A bashful and fastidious man arrayed himself in a black suit which had been hanging in a closet for several weeks and started to walk to church. In the midst of a crowd of churchgoers his suspenders parted and as he clutched at his trousers, they fell in fragments to the ground. With a shriek, he fled. Carpet bugs were to blame.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Harris' Nickel Plate Show was the attraction here today. The troupe has been coming to Rock Island annually for a quarter of a century.

1928 -- 75 years ago
An attendance of 1,500 is expected at the annual meeting tomorrow of the Old Settlers Association.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Construction of a new office and warehouse for the American Furnace Co. of Iowa will get under way in northwest Davenport sometime next week. The one-story brick and concrete block building will be at 1616 W. Locust St. and will be built by the Henry Schaeffer Construction Co., Davenport, at a cost of $35,000.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Rock Island County Rookies girls' softball team took the bull by the horns in San Antonio, Texas, and will be returning as the Amateur Softball Association age 16-18 national champions. The aptly named Rookies, in existence only four years, won the fast-pitch title by winning three games Sunday.

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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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