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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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