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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.








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