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: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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