Day in history for September 28, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
A contract for a railroad bridge has been let to John Warner and Company. The location is just where every Rock Islander wanted it. It begins at the depot, runs to the island, then to a point near the Col. Davenport house, and across the river to Iowa.

1878 -- 125 years ago
The Rock Island House, which for the past few months has been under the management of William Negus, changed hands today, Charles A. Jarvis becoming proprietor.

1903 -- 100 years ago
It was announced that the wedding of Miss Irene Rosenfield of Rock Island to Samuel Strauss of Des Moines, Iowa, will take place in early November.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Barbara Louise Walter, Moline child, wins governor's cup in better-baby conference of Rock Island County agricultural and industrial exposition.

1953 -- 50 years ago
June Haver, the movie star who gave up $3,500 a week for life in a convent, is home today. Severe migraine headaches and a general rundown condition caused what June hopes will only be a temporary break in her studies to become a Roman Catholic Sister of Charity.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Write it down as a peril of the profession. Silvis Police Chief Gary R. Williams said he was socked in the snoot Wednesday by a woman who said the police have been too slow investigating the robbery and assault of her son three days ago. Williams charged her with battery, but dropped the charge about an hour later.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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