Day in history for August 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
It is not true that the editor of The Argus was armed with a dirk concealed in a cane when he was attacked from behind and stabbed in the back by an irate subscriber. The knife struck us hard on the shoulder blade, bending the point. The physician says if the blow had been half an inch lower, it would have taken our life. Citizens gathered around and seized the assassin in time to prevent the murder he intended.

1878 -- 125 years ago
``Old Aunt Abbey,'' wandering about as usual, was run over yesterday by a horse and buggy. Before a doctor could arrive, she escaped to the barn where she lives.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. J.F. Lardner of Moline won the sixth women's handicap tournament at the Rock Island Arsenal Club.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Parents of children in the Frances Willard school district are circulating a petition for a new school building.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The condemnation committee of the Davenport city council today had started an action against the fire-wrecked building at 608 Harrison Street, formerly occupied by the Harrison Hotel.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Karl Lofgren, formerly of rural Port Byron, swept medals in both events he entered at the inaugural National Sports Festival last week. Lofgren was awarded a silver medal for the two-man scull boat race and a bronze medal for the eight-man sweeping team boat race at the Colorado Springs festival.

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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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