Day in history for August 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
On petition of citizens, the Rock Island City Council at a special meeting reversed itself and agreed to give Water Street and a portion of the levee to the Chicago And Rock Island Railroad. The levee to be vacated is in front of the site of the proposed depot.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rodman Rifles will attempt to build an armory. The plan is to sell $10,000 in stock for a building 60 feet by 100 feet. It is hoped that the city also will use the building as a city hall.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mayor McConochie revoked the license of the American Hotel on 17th Street because of the conviction in police court of women found in rooms there.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Three aldermen asked for a special meeting of the city council to settle the question of vacating streets near the Farmall Works, in order to permit expansion of the tractor plant.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Scott, Monmouth, escaped serious injury at about midnight Thursday when their auto collided with a cow which had strayed away from the Warren County Sale Barn, two miles north of Monmouth.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Francis ``Bud'' Mohr of East Moline is thinking about selling his second car and relying on his 10-speed bicycle for transportation to and from work. The plan is surprising because Mohr will be 60 years old Sunday, and his bicycle route goes up East Moline's 7th Street hill.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A large and splendid new safe has been hauled out to Young Brothers store in Camden to replace the old one, which recently was robbed.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The salary of Mayor Blaning was raised to $1,000 by the Rock Island City Council.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rock Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring one of the most intensive cleanup campaigns ever conducted.
1939 -- 75 years ago: According to Forecaster Truman Shipman, April weather has been six and one-half degrees below normal with an all-time low for any April 12 established when the mercury slipped down to 22 degrees.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Board of Education discussed the planned addition to the high school until nearly midnight last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: April 13, 53 of the top spellers from Rock Island, Mercer, and Henry counties spelling bees came together at Augustana College to compete in the Ninth Annual Regional Spelling Bee.

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