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: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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