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: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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