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 informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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