Day in history for August 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
In the last 48 hours, 299 people have died of yellow fever in New Orleans. The toll during the past week is 622.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island And Peoria Railroad is selling tickets to Cambridge and the Henry County Fair at nearly half price.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The female tramp from New Orleans, who has been thrice arrested here, is in the city jail again.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Fifteen nations today promised never to use war as an instrument of national policy by signing the Kellogg-Brand Treaty to outlaw war forever.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island school officials today are eyeing a $1,890,000 expansion program at the very time the city's schoolchildren will enjoy for the first time the full benefits recent school construction work costing $2,017,779. The growth of the city in population, and expansion southward, convinces public school officials of the need for a major enlargement and remodeling of Washington Junior High School and a new elementary school in the southern section of the city.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rain-swollen skies delayed a ceremonial pouring of the first yard of concrete for Moline's $1.4 million downtown redevelopment project but couldn't wash away the smiles of officials gathered for the occasion. The new two-lane curved roadway stretching from 14th Street to the Interstate 74 overpass should be completed this fall.

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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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