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: 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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