Day in history for August 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A Mr. Cummings of Prairie du Chien, Wis., has been appointed to take charge of Ft. Armstrong or the ruins thereof, on the island. He will succeed Mr. Drum, deceased.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ernst Krell, one of the oldest residents of Rock Island and a recognized leader among the Germans, died today at 45. The city loses one of its most enterprising merchants.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Springfield baseball club defeated Rock Island, 1 to 0.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Two young stars, Velma Driffill and Florence Appelquist, will play for the women's championship at Black Hawk Hills Country Club.

1953 -- 50 years ago
State's Atty. Bernard J. Moran today began running newspaper advertisements offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of violators of gambling and prostitution laws in Rock Island County. The first advertisements are being published today in The Argus and Moline Dispatch.

1978 -- 25 years ago
An unusual centerpiece graced the meeting table of the town board in Coal Valley, a single stalk of wilting green marijuana. Board members feigned ignorance when asked who brought the weed and who planned to take it home at the end of the meeting. When the weed, which grows wild along many area roads, attracted more attention than the business at hand, Supervisor George White placed it on the floor under the table.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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