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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: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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