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: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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