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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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