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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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