Day in history for September 14, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island Advertiser was taken over by Mr. Raymond, Chicago, and Oliver P. Warton of Ohio today. This Whig paper is welcomed by The Argus.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The board of supervisors has ordered a fence built around the soldiers monument on courthouse square.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Naval Reserves are home from eight days at sea aboard the training ship Dorothea.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Plans for landscaping the new Edison School grounds have been outlined by the Rock Island Board of Education.

1953 -- 50 years ago
In an effort to forestall any future break-ins at East Moline High School, members of the board of education considered an arrangement to have someone at the building at all times, including weekends, according to D.O. Johnson, board secretary.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Intense political maneuvering surrounded the resignation of Rock Island Mayor Martin Galex and the selection of the city's first black mayor, city hall sources say. James R. Davis, 35, the first black ever elected to city council, was named acting mayor by fellow councilmen in a tension-filled 4-2 vote. Galex was appointed last February to fill the unexpired mayoral term of the late Alan Campbell. He announced his resignation last week, after less than seven months in the office, because he believed his integrity was ``questioned.''

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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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