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: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






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