Day in history for September 19, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
We now get our Chicago mail in 20 hours. The railroad has reached Indiantown (Tiskilwa) 65 miles away.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island Boat Club's new cedar gig is arousing many favorable comments.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Floods along the upper Mississippi River have brought an increase in rafting activity. Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann mill is expecting logs from Stillwater.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Hoover and Emmerson lead in Argus straw vote at Mercer County Fair.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Approximately 4,700 customers of the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co. are being notified to make arrangements for use of a fuel other than gas for space heating during the coming winter. Officials of the utility firm said they have been informed by the National Gas Pipeline Co. of America, supplier of natural gas for this area, that gas from the Herscher underground storage field for the coming heating season can not be assured at this time.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Claiming he was forced to play music on the air which he found ``personally offensive'' and which he described as being ``blatant sexism,'' Jack Carey, early-morning disc jockey on WQUA Radio, Moline, has turned in his resignation, effective Sept. 23. The song in question is ``(I Want To) Kiss You All Over,'' recorded by a group called Exile.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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