Day in history for August 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Bound for Rock Island to live, John G. Shofer and family boarded the steamer Excelsior at Montrose. As Mr. Shofer was going up the gang-plank he fell overboard and was drowned.

1878 -- 125 years ago
William Saurman, assistant foreman of the Fourth Ward Hose Company, worked hard the night of the fire which destroyed Volk's Planing Mill. He became overheated, came down with a cold which settled on his bowels, and today died in the prime of his life, aged 31.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Ellery's Royal Italian Band was heard at the Illinois Theater last night in one of the finest entertainments ever given there.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Six thousand persons attended a picnic sponsored jointly by Modern Woodmen of America and Royal Neighbors of America.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A city-wide monkey roundup may be in store for Davenport. Ten Rhesus monkeys from Fejervary Park's famous Monkey Island have escaped and are wandering about town. Park officials expect the mischievious monks to return when hunger pangs become too much, but in the meantime they caution city residents to not become alarmed if they think they are seeing monkeys.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Work will begin soon west of Barstow to install a floodgate designed to protect the village and nearby lowlands from Rock River flooding. The gate will be built on the Barstow Road where it passes over a drainage ditch, about a mile west of the village.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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