Day in history for September 24, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The rumor that Mr. Norton tried to introduce his patent clothespins into schools to pinch children's noses is unfounded.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Milan Driving Park Association of Rock Island filed incorporation papers with the secretary of state.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. J. Green entertained a company of friends last night. Progressive cinch was played. Mr. Green was presented with a silver headed cane, Ed Sundeen making the presentation.

1928 -- 75 years ago
The Rock Island County Agricultural and Industrial Exposition opens tomorrow for a three day stand. There are more than 3,000 entries.

1953 -- 50 years ago
A Moline woman is seeking $20,000 damages from the Proctor and Gamble Company, soap manufacturer, for what she claims is a permanent skin rash caused by a washing detergent. Mrs. Bessie Logue, in a suit filed in Rock Island County circuit court, claims the product ``Cheer,'' made by Proctor and Gamble, is responsible for the rash. The suit states Mrs. Logue used the detergent to do the family washing Oct. 2, 1951, and claims ``Cheer'' was put on the market without sufficient testing.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Plantation Restaurant in the old Velie Mansion has been a Moline landmark for more than 30 years, though never within city boundaries. But the restaurant at 3701 7th St., will remedy that discrepancy soon by annexing to the city.

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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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