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: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river.
1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.

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