Day in history for August 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Contrary to public sentiment, the Rock Island City Council last night refused to give the new Chicago And Rock Island Railroad any streets and alleys which it may need for right-of-way. The aldermen also voted that the tracks must not extend west of Jefferson (19th) Street.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Silver Wave steamer passed down this morning with a raft of logs.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Five thousand people saw Paine's ``Ancient Rome'' at the Twelfth Street Park last night. The spectacle is sponsored by Rock Island merchants.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A thunder squall stripped off the roof of the new Monocoupe assembly hangar, wrecked two light towers and destroyed a floodlight tower at Moline Airport at 2:30 a.m. today. The storm, which airport employees said was a tornado, put out of commission America's only installation of neon light tubes.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Three motorists proved this morning that you can't get three automobiles into a space accomodating only two without causing some damage. They crashed in the middle of the intersection at 6th Avenue and 20th Street, Moline. Ross Timmons, 66, of Lewisburg, Ohio, was booked on a charge of ignoring a stop sign.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Army Corps of Engineers plans to award an $8.099 million contract to the Shaeppert Engineering Co., Belvidere, to build a new, two-lane bridge linking Moline and Rock Island Arsenal.

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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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