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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