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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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