Day in history for September 15, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The Rock Island city council has appropriated $375 for filling up streets and holes in the levee with stone and gravel.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The fourth quarterly meeting was held in the Fifth Avenue Methodist Church today with the presiding elder in charge.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The missing Rock Island County treasurer was brought back from Victoria, B.C. Canada today. He told an Argus reporter he speculated with the county funds.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Judge Floyd E. Thompson, accompanied by the governor of Louisiana, will speak in Moline and East Moline Oct. 1.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Unable to secure gas heat for the Rock Island city hall for at least another winter, Rock Island councilmen in a post-council session decided to ``worry'' through the cold season with coal instead of a stop-gap oil heating system. It was pointed out the oil heating substitute was proposed as a means of eliminating heavy work on the stoker furnace now in the city hall.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Women on the Barstow Volunteer Fire Department were invited to join the Men's Firemen Association, enabling the women to take full part in discussion of the department's operations. Previously, women were firefighters and auxiliary members, but they did not become active members of the association. There presently are three women on the department.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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