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: 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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