Day in history for August 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island City Council voted to take legal measures to obtain clear title to the public square (Spencer) on which the Methodist Church and the town schoolhouse stand.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Ben Harper is carrying on a controversy with the city over the construction of the 16th Street sewer. The aldermen take the position that Mr. Harper, builder and owner of Rock Island's splendid new opera house, should bear part of the expense of the sewer.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Major James M. Beardsley, distinguished as a soldier, lawyer and orator, died. He was Rock Island postmaster from 1876 to 1880. He had been a member of the commission to settle the famous Tilden-Hayes presidential contest deadlock.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Kenneth Conrey, Moline, won the Quad-Cities tennis championship for the ninth time, defeating Frank Brody, Des Moines, in a close five-set match.

1953 -- 50 years ago
For the fifth time, Dr. Richard Hainline of Rock Island won the Quad-City Quad States tennis championship in the climax event of a three-day tourney in which 151 persons from five states competed at the Riverside Park courts, Moline. Hainline defeated Roger Coad of Winfield, Kan., 6-0, 6-3.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island police found that someone apparently took a fancy to a tan and black dog at the city's animal shelter. Someone cut the back fence and took the stray over the weekend.

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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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