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: 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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