Day in history for August 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Argus has been selected by the sheriffs of Rock Island and Henry counties as the newspaper in which to publish tax lists, in accordance with the law requiring that the work be done by the newspaper with the largest circulation.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Joseph Murphy is the attraction at Harper's Theater. In his play, ``Help,'' Murphy takes the part of six different characters.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Members of the Old Reliable Contractors Association and their wives spent the day in Rock Island. They arrived in a special car on the Burlington route from St. Louis.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A long struggle of many years to get 11th Street paved from 21st to 46th Avenue neared an end as the Rock Island city council adopted an ordinance to surface the highway to a width of 38 feet.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Prowlers drank two bottles of pop and ransacked the office of the 7-Up Bottling Company warehouse at 16th St. and Black Hawk Road, Moline, but departed without any loot.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Friday's windstorm caused enough damage to the electrical system at Browning Field to make a football game ``almost impossible.'' The wind had downed three spans of conductors that fed electricity to the press box, one concession stand, the ticket office and scoreboard. The conductors will be replaced for less than $1,000 in time for the first game Sept. 8.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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