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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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