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: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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