Day in history for September 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The enterprising proprietors of the Davenport Gazette have commenced the issue of a tri-weekly paper, the first number of which we are in receipt of. It is a good looking sheet and filled with very readable matter. We wish our neighbors, over the big brook, abundant success in their new enterprise.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Wallace's elegant ice cream parlor is becoming the popular resort of the lovers of that congealed luxury which he manufactures to perfection.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The Tri-City Press Club met in annual session at Watch Tower Inn.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Virgil Anderson, Aledo, was elected president of the Augustana senior class.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Suspected drunken drivers who cringe away from blood test needles seldom have aversion to puffing up toy balloons to prove they're sober. Intoximeters, devices that measure blood alcohol content through human breath, have been used in Rock Island County since July. The intoximeters, says Sheriff Morris E. Muhleman, are the county safety commission's answer to ``needle fright.''

1978 -- 25 years ago
A Rock Island man has been charged with stealing a salad valued at $1.04 from a Rock Island restaurant. Police said two men walked out of the Pizza Hut, 4421 11th St., about 8:30 p.m. without paying for a salad. The man was arrested shortly after 9 p.m. at the intersection of 11th St. and 37th Ave.

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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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