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.

Back: Available days in August 2003




Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






(More History)