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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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