Day in history for August 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
B.G. Briggs has located his Premium bakery in Rock Island. He runs a team to accommodate his customers and sells his goods at the David Bowen and John Moore grocery stores.

1878 -- 125 years ago
According to the new directory, just published, the population of Rock Island is 11,828 and that of Moline 7,390.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. J.A. Bingaman, pastor of McKinley Baptist Church, preached his farewell sermon today. He leaves to take chare of Zion Baptist Church, Omaha.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Republicans of Rock Island and Mercer Counties endorsed Cyrus E. Dietz of Moline for nomination to the Illinois Supreme Court.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Burglars who tore a hole in a wall at an auto service station at 907 9th St., Rock Island, obtained about $2 in pennies, Rock Island police were informed Thursday. Operators of the station, James and Jack Skyles, reported about $15 damage was done to the wall. The entry reportedly occurred Wednesday night or early Thursday.

1978 -- 25 years ago
It seems that some people will steal just about anything, including a city street. The street in question, long-abandoned 22nd Street between 12th and 16th Avenues in Rock Island, is made of old-fashioned bricks, or at least it used to be. People have been digging up bricks from the blocked-off street and taking them home for sidewalks, decorations and other uses.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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