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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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