Day in history for September 2, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The steamer Montauk, E.H. Gleim, captain, made its first appearance at our levee today. The Montauk has 36 staterooms. The salon has Brussels carpeting.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island County Temperance Society elected Charles Skinner president and George W. Vinton secretary.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Old Settlers Society, convening at Watch Tower Park Inn, elected R.G. Hollister of Coe Township president. Forty members were added during the past year.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Rock Island and Moline baseball teams divided a doubleheader in a series which will decide second place in the Mississippi Valley League.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Cash and jewelry estimated at $6,693.20 were stolen from a vault-type safe at Midland Iron And Steel Corp., 3301 4th Ave., Moline, by burglars who used the simple process of cutting out a section of window pane to open a lock and get in. A smaller safe, in a private office of the building, also was peeled open and the entire place was a shambles.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Piper Cub plane stranded on the end of the main runway kept commercial flights circling in the air for nearly an hour at the Quad-City Airport. The small plane was stuck on the runway after its pilot landed without setting down his wheels about 7 p.m. Shortly after 8 p.m., two small tractors lifted the plane off the runway and towed it back to the airport hangar.

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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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