Day in history for August 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Chicago press says: ``In a population of 3,000, which is what Rock Island contains, there were only two deaths within the past two months. It is said the only disease prevalent in Rock Island is old age, and that prevails to a very limited extent, few gray heads being found in the young city.''

1878 -- 125 years ago
Night Yardmaster Thomas Johnson was critically injured when his foot became caught between rail and planking while he was uncoupling a caboose, which ran over him.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Charles N. Hastings was appointed chief of the Rock Island fire department by Mayor William McConochie.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Members of the Augustana College band, who have been touring in Europe, arrived at the port of Quebec, Canada, today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Farmall Works of the International Harvester Co., Rock Island, today was operating on a reduced production schedule of 150 tractors daily. Approximately 1,700 employees were beginning a temporary layoff as the company cut production from a previous 317 tractors per day.

1978 -- 25 years ago
At an age when many women are avoiding climbing stairs, 71-year-old Inez Fors is still mounting tractors for a day's work in the fields. Inez has farmed in partnership with her son Cecil on their farms east of Woodhull since her husband, Luther, died in 1952. She takes pride in helping in all phases of the operation.

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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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