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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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