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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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