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 attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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