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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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