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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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