Day in history for September 11, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A steamship now being built in Greenpoint, N.Y. will cross the Atlantic in six days, according to the architect.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The steamer James Chapman is stranded two miles above the Moline chain.

1903 -- 100 years ago
St. Paul's Lodge, Knights of Pythias, has appointed committees to function at the annual state encampment to be held here next month.

1928 -- 75 years ago
WHBF has been allotted a higher wave length under the reallocation program of the federal government.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Will Dammann, 73, founder and president of the nationally-known Bear Manufacturing Company, Rock Island, died at 4 a.m. today in St. Anthony's Hospital. He resided at 2230 14th St., Rock Island. Mr. Dammann was a pioneer in the field of automobile wheel alignment equipment and was well known throughout the automotive world.

1978 -- 25 years ago
An idea of a Moline dentist and the carpentry skill of a retired woodworker are bringing the Belgian game of rolle bolle from back yards and parks to living rooms and dens. The table-top version of the game is a brainstorm of Dr. Hubert VandeVoorde, long active in the affairs of the Center for Belgian Culture, and is being made in the shop of C.L. Willits at 16th Ave. and 15th St. The game is played with six miniature walnut bolle balls, one-tenth the size of standard balls, on a table covered with Astroturf.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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