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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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