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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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