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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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