Day in history for September 18, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Citizens petition against night noises and the closing of saloons on Sunday. Committee named by council. Officials say it's not their job to police places; if anyone has complaint he should get warrant.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Charles W. Skinner will lecture Friday in Negus Hall on ``My First Journey Into Space.''

1903 -- 100 years ago
Modern Woodmen of America announced that members of the order who live in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri suffered losses totaling $1,800,000 in the recent Missouri River flood.

1928 -- 75 years ago
George C. Turner has been elected master councilor of Templer chapter of the DeMolay.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A Navy jet pilot with two broken legs, who had dragged himself about 200 yards in an unsuccessful attempt to reach a farmhouse, was found near Hooppole by Capt. John Zonge, Galesburg CAP flier. The Navy airman, Ensign J.J. Medder of Pittsburgh, Pa., had parachuted from his Navy Banshee craft which later burst into flames and crashed eight miles northeast of Geneseo.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Every year for 29 years, the men from Ammunition Train 54, World War I, have met in the Moline VFW for a steak dinner and some friendly reminiscing. But this weekend's meeting of these veterans of WWI was the final one. The average age of the veterans is 85 now, and most members of the group are either too ill to attend meetings anymore or have died.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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