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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