Day in history for September 25, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The editor has visited Rock Island's two private schools, the one called Rock Island seminary and Mr. Kelley's school in Church Square. The pupils are attentive, study hard and even enjoy singing rounds, glees and tunes in admirable style.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Lou Cotlet, one of America's greatest artists and acrobatic clog dancers, arrived in Rock Island today to join the Wells Tennessee minstrel troupe.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Mrs. C.P. Skinner defeated Miss Preston in the golf finals for the handicap cup yesterday afternoon. Her victory gave her the women's handicap cup, her third prize for the season.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Charles F. Stauduhar was fatally hurt when hit by an auto on the way to his father's funeral.

1953 -- 50 years ago
George F. Reeder, executive director of the Moline Association of Commerce, was re-appointed vice chairman of the inquiry procedure committee of the American Chamber of Commerce executives at that organization's meeting this week in Oklahoma City.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Colona Community Fire Department board agreed to look for another location for the controversial substation which it has planned to build in Bullock's Fourth Addition. The board did not guarantee the 17 residents of the addition who showed up at the trustees' meeting that they would definitely kill plans to build there.

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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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