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: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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