Day in history for August 3, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
One newspaper is striving in vain to get up a feeling between Rock Island and Davenport. We don't war with our right hand upon our left. Our two towns, like Siamese twins, have the artery of life and death coursing between them. They have grown up together, and the iron nerves of a railroad soon will bring them closer together.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Fire destroyed John Volk's planing mill, after it was struck by lightning last midnight. The volunteer firemen worked hard but had to concentrate on saving Tegeler's building, Krell's and frame houses nearby. Crowds in the streets, sidewalks and on housetops watched the awful spectacle, despite the raging storem. The loss is $25,000 with only $1,400 insurance.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Burglars took merchandise valued at $2,000 at McCabe's store.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Contract for a new bridge over Mill Creek, east of Milan, will be let in a few days.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A new 48-hour record for births in the Quad-Cities was set during the weekend when 31 girls and 18 boys were born. Only one set of twins were included.

1978 -- 25 years ago
In what fire officials say is the first program of its kind in the country, 650 Rock Island families will receive free smoke detectors and fire advice. At the home, the firefighters will explain how the detector works, install and test it, and make an escape plan for the family to run through.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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