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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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