Day in history for August 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A party of engineers has started a survey of the Warsaw And Rockford Railroad, which will pass through Nauvoo, Oquawka, Keithsburg, Rock Island, Moline and Port Byron.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Five revolvers, cartridges and many knives were taken by burglars at Stewart and Montgomery's wholesale hardware place.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Swan J. Carlson of South Moline Township died today of the infirmities of age. He was 106 years old.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Bear Manufacturing Company today opened a school of instruction for mechanics in wheel and axle alignment at 2030 5th Ave., Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
WOC-TV will install color television equipment sometime in 1954, pending approval of the color TV system by the Federal Communications Commission. A spokesman for the TV station said the equipment was recently ordered through NBC.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Put 50 candles on Playcrafters' birthday cake. The Moline-based Quad-City community theater group will celebrate its golden anniversary during the 1978-79 season. ``Besides our regular season of plays, we'll also be having a number of special events to note the anniversary,'' said James Scott, current president of Playcrafters. Official home of the organization is The Barn in Moline, a unique facility, and one of the best community theater layouts in the Midwest.

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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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