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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