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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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