Day in history for August 31, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The movement to start a teachers' institute in Rock Island is a good one. Anyone familiar with the state of our schools recognizes the dire need for training teachers.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Although 63, Samuel Allen of Coe is spry and worked 26 days in the harvest field this summer. Twice married, Mr. Allen is the father of 21 children.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Paine's ``Ancient Rome'' show, presented under auspices of Rock Island merchants last week at the Twelfth Street Park, resulted in financial loss to the sponsors. Weather conditions were responsible for poor attendance.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Friends of the 9-foot channel proposal are very much disappointed over the findings of Major C.L. Hall, chief of the Rock Island District of United States Army Engineers, that the amount of traffic on the Mississippi does not justify a deeper channel. His decision will be appealed.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A 15-year-old Rock Island girl, ``stabbed'' by a 9-inch weed, was released Friday evening from St. Anthony's Hospital after the weed was removed. Wanita Hultgren, 3025 10th Ave., was injured in a vacant lot near her home.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A record 940-pound tuna gave Moline fisherman Jack Harris a giant haul in the Cape Cod Tuna Club's annual Massachusetts Tournament earlier this month. The 940-pound bluefin bested the previous tournament record by 35 pounds.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery.
1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.


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