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: 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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