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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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