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: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.

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