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: 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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