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 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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