Day in history for September 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
There is a great demand for laborers and mechanics of all kinds in Rock Island. All who are willing to work can get steady employment at good wages.

1878 -- 125 years ago
While digging in the Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann lumber yard city workmen unearthed human bones. One skull was in very good condition.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island schools completed the second week of the fall term yesterday with a total enrollment of 3,309.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Driver of the car which struck and killed Charles F. Stauduhar is held on manslaughter charge.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Full scale operations were begun today at Rock Island Millwork Company as 399 members of Local 788 Carpenters and Joiners, returned to their jobs following a strike of 15 weeks duration. The union spokesman said that although the increase was below the 14-cent raise the union sought, it will be accepted conditional to continued negotiations.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Family, and research into the Hemingway genealogy, brought the former wife of Leicester Hemingway to Prophetstown to vist her second cousin-in-law, Virginia Sibley. A resident of Silver Springs, Maryland, Patricia Hemingway has spent a good deal of time researching the roots of her husband's family. Despite the depth of her work, her brother-in-law Ernest still seems to shine as its most colorful character.

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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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