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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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