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: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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