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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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