Day in history for August 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council showed reluctance to grant all the land the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad wanted for right-of-way. The aldermen were reminded by The Argus that the city had pledged itself a year before to vacate any streets the railway wants to use.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Coe Agricultural Association will hold its second annual fair August 28-30. Henry Saddoris is president and John Schall treasurer.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Burglars took clothing valued at $75 at the residence of Louis H. Salzmann.

1928 -- 75 years ago
J.C. Burgoyne was elected president of the Rock Island County Old Settlers Society.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The unused Geneseo police station building, more than 50 years old, was sold at public auction and will be moved in the near future from its present location on North State Street. The structure was purchased by Grit Weigand of Geneseo for the sum of $80. Charles Sheets, Jr., purchased the oil heater for the sum of $6. John L. DePauw was the auctioneer.

1978 -- 25 years ago
An Ozark Air Line DC-9 jet carrying 76 passengers landed safely this morning at the Quad-City Airport with only one engine. The plane, which had taken off from Chicago, was en route to Des Moines when it lost power in one of its engines. It was diverted to the Quad-City Airport where it made a ``routine'' landing, Ozark Manager Charles Seaman said.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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