Day in history for August 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
J.W. Fletcher, Rock Island barber, today was standing in his shop trimming a camphene lamp when he was struck by lightning. The silver watch in his vest pocket stopped at the time he was killed, nine minutes past three.

1878 -- 125 years ago
In the worst storm of the season, lightning hit the stack of the Anawalt And Denkmann Sawmill, split trees in Sinett's Addition, and washed out a railroad bridge at Cable.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Leon Mitchell won the championship cup and best medal score in the Rock Island Arsenal Country Club tournament. He defeated his brother, Ardo, in the final round.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Herbert Hoover, Republican nominee for president, today visited his birthplace home in West Branch, Iowa. Several hundred Quad-City Republicans made the 50-mile trip to West Branch.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Police who Friday investigated the breaking of six windows at Rock Island Senior High School said the damage apparently was done by boys shooting pieces of rock with sling shots.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Unsightly vegetation is cropping up in Silvis and the city council is planning to harvest some of the eyesores and some of their owners. Weeds stretch nearly five feet tall on some private lots. If lawns are not maintained, the city will mow the lots and the property owner will be charged for the work, an ordinance stipulates.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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