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 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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