Day in history for August 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Yellow fever is spreading with dreadful rapidity in New Orleans. On Wednesday, 223 persons died. On one boat 18 died. In one store, four clerks died on the same day.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Silver Wave took a big excursion party to Muscatine last night and returned to Rock Island at 5 a.m. today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The J.C. Cook Publishing Company has sold its plants to J.M. Farnham of Moline.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A ukulele-playing contest sponsored by the playground commission was won by children of Lincoln Park. This is the first time Long View Park ukulele players have failed to win.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Twenty trailers full of gypsies, encamped east of the Quad City Airport, have been ordered to leave the county by Sunday or else register their children for school. The ultimatum was issued to the group of 150 gypsies by County Investigator Donald Wilson, sent to the camp after the sheriff's office received several complaints about the band.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island County grand jury praised the new administrator of the county jail and found ``only minor violations'' of jail standards during an inspection of the facility. The report was in sharp contrast to a similar grand jury review given the jail last January. Since the appointment of Michael Green as jail administrator last fall, many of the violations noted by state jail inspectors have been remedied.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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