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: The weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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