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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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