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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