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: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Few bricks actually tumbled, but no one seemed to mind as about 1,000 people gathered to celebrate the formal start of demolition at the site of a downtown civic center.




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