Day in history for September 12, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Fort Madison is reported to have subscribed $125,000 in stock of the Warsaw and Rockford railroad which will run through Rock Island and Moline.

1878 -- 125 years ago
General William T. Sherman visited Rock Island Arsenal today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
A morning fire in the Rock Island Cotton Mattress Company resulted in a loss of $7,000.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island was awarded the 1929 state convention of the American Legion today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Melvin Garber, eight-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Garber, 19 Hillcrest Ct., Rock Island, was doing some weeding in the front yard last June and came on a ``weed'' about six inches high growing from a crack between the wall of the house and the sidewalk. He smelled the weed and thought it might be a tomato plant. The rest of the family declared it a weed, but Melvin defended it. Melvin watered and tended the weed and watched little green balls expand. Recently, the balls began to turn red and Melvin picked the first one. It looked like a tomato, it smelled like a tomato, yes, it even tasted like a tomato and Melvin was vindicated.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Four Barstow boys apparently were gearing up for a huge breakfast. The boys were nabbed by Rock Island County sheriff's police and a Burlington-Northern railroad detective for allegedly taking four full cases of breakfast cereal off a boxcar here.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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