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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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