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: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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