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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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