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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