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: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.






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