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: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.






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