Day in history for August 23, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A dreadful accident occurred to a young man named Eby, at Moline. A piece of lath, from the machine he was working, struck him just above the eye, fracturing the skull and entering the brain. A considerable quantity of the brain has been taken away; yet the man was alive when our paper went to press, and may possibly recover.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The best 5-cent cigar in town is the Ramon Acosta, one of the brands manufactured in Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Jack Root, challenger for the light heavyweight boxing championship, is a visitor in Rock Island.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island Chapter of the Izaak Walton League have distributed seven dozen pheasants, in a new move to propagate them.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Phillip Hubbart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hubbart, 2120 17th St., Rock Island, is to be one of four student participants on the network program ``Youth Takes a Stand'' which will be shown on WHBF-TV, 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1. He is looking forward to the experience having never been in New York, or traveled by plane.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Moline man blamed an unexpected sneeze on his losing control of his car and striking a parked auto in the 400 block of 10th St. in Moline. Police ticketed Joseph Christman, 56, of 411 10th St., with improper lane usage. Christman was not injured in the accident.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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