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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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