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 ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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