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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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