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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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