Day in history for September 21, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The report that a woman on her way to market when she was overtaken by a shower and, stopping into a real estate office, gave birth to triplets, was false. The editor acknowledges the ingenious report came from a man now known as a humbug and a liar.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Dexter divided her raft of logs above the rapids yesterday and brought half of it down. The remainder was towed down today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Rev. H.W. Reed preached this morning at the First Baptist Church on ``A Standard of Valuation.''

1928 -- 75 years ago
Ken Witmer has been named as the new master of ceremonies at the Fort Theater.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Mr. and Mrs. Archie McKibbon, on whose farm the Navy plane crashed, reported that the 25-foot hole caused by the explosion of the jet was filled in and that Navy personnel stayed until all the land was restored to its original state and Mr. McKibbon satisfactorily reimbursed for all damages.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Rock Island County is finally getting around to burying electrical power lines in the area where a county worker had a close brush with death in June of 1977. The county board's forest preserve committee recommended that Art-O-Lite Electric Co. be given a $10,777 contract to bury electrical lines at Indian Bluff Forest Preserve. Ben Rossi was seriously injured when a crane with which he was working came in contact with a low-hanging power line.

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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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