Day in history for August 22, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Iowa and Illinois roads are pervaded by long-bodied, singular-looking wagons loaded with fanning mills, corn shellers, horse rakes, meat and milk safes. You meet them wherever there are farms or people. The manufacturer of both the peddlers' wagons and their contents is Alonzo Nourse of Moline.

1878 -- 125 years ago
All citizens interested in plans for the grand opening of the Harper Opera House are invited to meet in the courthouse yard.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Twin-City Driving Association will hold a program of harness races at the Ninth Street Park next week.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ten thousand people watched a drum and bugle contest sponsored by the Rock Island Post of the American Legion. The Rockford Corps won first. Moline was second.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Davenport High School band, under the direction of F.E. Mortiboy, was awarded first-place honors in the band division of the Chicagoland Music Festival Saturday at Soldier's Field. The Peoria High School band was in second place.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County, with a prod from Rock Island city officials, is preparing to launch a multi-year program to upgrade fire detection and prevention systems in the ``unsafe'' County Office Building. County Board Chairman Richard Aubry said today he will prepare a resolution, for consideration by the county board in September, authorizing the work.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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