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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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