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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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