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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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