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: A fine lumber mill is on the course of erection at Andalusia. A flouring mill at that location is doing a fine business.
1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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