Day in history for September 20, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The hog crop for the coming season will be immense. The number will be at the lowest calculation, ten percent greater; and from present prospects, the price will be considerably less than last year.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A bazaar for the benefit of St. Joseph's Catholic Church is in progress.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Capt. A.M. Blakesley disposed of his interest in the Rock Island Stove Company to his business associates Phil Mitchell and Frank Mixter and, with his wife, left for California.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Bert Durkee has been elected president of the senior class of Rock Island High School.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Fireworks may open at the Rock Island City Council meeting when the council considers a recommendation for Long View Park as the site for the city's $300,000 swimming pool. Attorney Norman R. Walker, Rock Island, said he will head an organized delegation of Long View Park area residents protesting such a pool site choice. It is reported the group favors the use of a site purchased by the previous administration at 35th Street and 23rd Avenue.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The acquisition of a computerized pulmonary and cardiovascular evaluation system at Lutheran Hospital, Moline, was announced today by Kenneth Moburg, hospital president. Lutheran Hospital Auxiliary underwrote $75,000 of the cost of the $95,000 life-saving equipment, Moburg said.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.






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