Day in history for August 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Workmen in Rhode Island have agreed with their employers on a short work week of 69 hours, or 11 1/2 hours a day. In Massachusetts and Connecticut mills, it is customary at this season for employees to work not less than 13 hours a day.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Charles Bloom, night clerk at the Harper House, is creating a card showing the time of arrival and departure of all trains entering Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rock Island City Council is taking measures to prevent the waste of water at schools and other public institutions.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Port Byron today opened a centennial celebration.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Newspaper carriers demonstrated how sharp they were at hitting porches with papers as the Rock Island County Fair got under way at Illiniwek Preserve near Hampton. It was the first time in the fair's history that a newspaper-throwing contest had been held. The rules were based on those used at the Illinois State Fair, where the contest is an annual affair.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Herb Liljegren thinks of himself these days as ``The Last of the Mohicans.'' Herb, 86, says he's the last living businessman to have operated a store on 3rd Avenue in Moline before World War I. ``There aren't many of us old guys left around town anymore,'' says Liljegren, viewing progress on the city's 5th Avenue redevelopment project.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.




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