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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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