Day in history for September 17, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The mayor has been authorized to buy land (Market Square) for the erection of a combination market house and city hall thereon.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Athletic Club gave a reception at the new Harper Opera House last night.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Miss Lucy Frysinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Frysinger, was married at 1 p.m. today, in Trinity Episcopal Church, to Carroll Atwood Nettleton, Chicago. The Rev. F.A. Heisley officiated.

1928 -- 75 years ago
New Royal Neighbor building will be dedicated Oct. 17.

1953 -- 50 years ago
In the wake of Russia's H-bomb announcement, the United States government has tagged 193 American cities as probable targets of atomic attack, 70 of them ``critical.'' The Quad-Cities area was placed on the critical list because of its World War II arms production at the Rock Island Arsenal, the Mississippi River locks, which control river traffic; three major farm equipment manufacturers, and the Aluminum Corporation of America plant at Bettendorf, the second largest aluminum sheet metal plate company in the world.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The two concrete lions had been standing on guard in Ronald P. Edstrand's front yard for so long they had become a permanent part of the neighborhood. They seemed immovable. Edstrand reported to Moline police that someone came into his yard at 222 13th Ave., Moline, and stole the two lions. Each lion weighed 150 lbs.

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1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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