Day in history for August 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The manufacturers of Moline are prospering finely. The new pail factory cannot fill orders as fast as they are received. So of the bedstead factory, and the spoke factory.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Mary A. Livermore cleared $18,000 last winter by lecturing on how women are abused and kept down in this country. She has her husband along to look after the baggage.

1903 -- 100 years ago
E.L. Philbrook of Rock Island will be one of the instructors at the county teachers institute Aug. 21-28.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Arthur Voss of Rock Island won the Canada junior tennis championship.

1953 -- 50 years ago
M.C. Eaton, Rural Route 2, Geneseo, was cleaning out his billfold when he discovered a newspaper clipping he had deposited there some 26 years ago. What was on the yellowed clipping made him chuckle. The item concerned an impromptu barbering given to a Rock Island resident by nine of his fellow workers at Dewey Portland Cement Works, Linwood, Iowa, in 1927. One of the nine was Eaton.

1978 -- 25 years ago
More than $580 worth of bicycles were taken by thieves in Moline in a four-hour period in unrelated incidents. Moline Det. Capt. W.H. Kelly recommends, beyond chaining up the bicycle, putting it in an inconspicuous place, registering it with the Moline Police Department and, as an aid to recovering a stolen bicycle, recording the bicycle's serial number.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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