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.

Back: Available days in September 2003



Local events heading








  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








(More History)