Day in history for August 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Contracts have been closed by Mr. Farnam for construction of the Davenport to Iowa City division of the Mississippi And Missouri Railroad. Scott County will be asked to take $50,000 more in stock, since the people at Iowa City have been unable to raise their full quota.

1878 -- 125 years ago
George W. Luken has opened his campaign for sheriff on the Democratic ticket.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Bloomington's baseball team defeated the Rock Island club 9 to 2.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Several thousand employees of the Rock Island Lines assembled in the Tri-Cities to take part, either as contestants or spectators, in the fifth annual athletic tournament of the railroad company.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Thousands of Catholic men, women and children in the Davenport diocese will gather at Rodeo Field, Fort Madison, Sunday, for Holy Hour in a public demonstration of their faith in the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and to pray for world peace and the conversion of Russia.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Moline woman remained in satisfactory condition at Moline Public Hospital after an accident was caused by her sandal catching on the floor mat in her car. Deborah Bartag, 19, of 2408 31st St., Moline, was taken by ambulance to the hospital after her car went out of control and struck a mailbox and brick planter in the 3300 block of 39th St., Moline.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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