Day in history for August 5, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
During mutiny on board the ship Rockland, sailing from New York to Australia, the passengers helped the officers put the mutineers in irons. One of the passengers was Fred S. Nichols, who founded The Argus two years ago. He is going to Australia to start a newspaper.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Mrs. Susan M. Goldsmith, 77, died today at the residence of her son, the Hon. Bailey Davenport. She came to the island of Rock Island in 1816 and was the last surviving member of the first family to settle here. For five years she saw no other white woman except for her mother. Her closest neighbors were in Chicago and St. Louis.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Employees of the 3rd Avenue Line of the Tri-City Railway Company held their annual picnic at Watch Tower Park today.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Black Hawk Hiking Club returned today from a 5-state tour covering 1,860 miles.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A plan for cleaning up Rock Island's city dump at the foot of 18th Avenue and Mill Street was outlined today by City Manager Cornelius Bodine.

1978 -- 25 years ago
After spending $18,975 to revamp downtown Rock Island's traffic pattern, city officials already are pondering changes in the plan. Despite extensive planning, the city's first major change in downtown traffic flow in three years has resulted in a snafu at 18th Street and 4th Avenue. The problem occurs where the one-way portion of 18th Street ends.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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