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: 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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