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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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