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: 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.








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