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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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