Day in history for September 16, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Albert Butcher today was granted a license to maintain a grocery and billiard tables on payment of $150 annual license fee.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Rev. J.B. Findley conducted services at Broadway Presbyterian Church this morning.

1903 -- 100 years ago
``A Ruined Life'' was the attraction at the Illinois Theater this evening.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Coal miners are reported to be practically a unit for candidacy of Judge Floyd E. Thompson.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A 33-year-old Rock Island man was rescued by fellow workmen after being buried under dirt and debris in a 14-foot ditch on a sewer construction job at West Central Park Avenue and Division Street, Davenport. The victim, Everett Summers, 502 23rd St., Rock Island, incurred possible back and internal injuries. He also received lacerations and bruises on the face.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Upper Rock Island County Family YMCA is planning a major expansion of its facility, projected to cost $1.5 million -- as much as the original building did eight years ago. Under discussion the past two years, the 20,000-square-foot expansion would increase the size of the 53,000-square-foot facility by more than 40 percent, to 73,000 square feet. The center, at 2040 53rd St., Moline, is severely overcrowded, according to executive director Bruce Bromley. He said facilities for women, in particular, are lacking.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




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