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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