Day in history for August 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The travel on the Rock Island Road is unabated. There are two trains a day and it requires four and five cars to accomodate the passengers. The Sunday train is to be discontinued.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Merchants of Rock Island met in Mitchell And Parson's store to devise means to stop the diverting of home trade to Davenport. A lively discussion took place.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A.M. Bruner has returned from Colorado where he has been ``roughing it'' while on vacation.

1928 -- 75 years ago
More than 300 employees of the Rock Island Lines will take part in an athletic tournament to be sponsored by the railroad in Moline August 25.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Shooting blackbirds within the city limits cost an 80-year-old hunter $16.40 when he was arraigned in East Moline police court. Accused of discharging firearms within the city limits was Edward Lootens who resides south of the East Moline approach of Campbell's Island bridge.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Jenny doesn't look like Mom, but she's all the bunnies have. A nine-year-old schnauzer-sheepdog mix, Jenny has been playing mother to a litter of five baby rabbits. She protects them and keeps them warm, says her owner, Connie Stablein, 1318 12th St., Moline. Mrs. Stablein got the bunnies at Teske's Seed and Feed Store in Moline. Since then, Jenny has slept on a blanket in her box and the bunnies nestle under her stomach and legs.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.

1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.

1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.

1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.

1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.

1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.




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