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: 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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