Day in history for August 30, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We learn from Dr. Gregg that Mr. Eby, the young man who was so badly injured at Moline, is recovering.

1878 -- 125 years ago
At the most exciting public meeting ever held in the courthouse, citizens demanded that the Rock Island council appropriate $135 to build a sewer from Harper's new opera house.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Arthur Mosenfelder, captain of the Rock Island High School football team, has called the first practice session.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Albert Gadient won the golf championship of Black Hawk Hills Country Club.

1953 -- 50 years ago
It looks as though saddles are the great All-American shoes as far as Rock Island's younger generation, now preparing for back-to-school, is concerned. In shop windows and on well-stocked shelves, you'll see the ``hardy perennial'' in brown-and-white, blue-and-white, black-and-white and red-and-white.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Burgers! Tacos! And more burgers! A person can't walk or drive down Moline's 23rd Avenue without being bombarded by signs urging him to buy something, eat something, or both. Moline is close to passing a sign ordinance that would limit the height, size and placement of signs. The ordinance would have no effect on existing signs, but if one that violated the ordinance was destroyed, the owner would not be allowed to put up a similar one. No string lights or flashing or rotating signs are allowed.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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