Day in history for September 4, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Plenty of large watermelons can be bought now in our streets for 5 cents apiece. Excellent apples and potatoes are sold from the two-horse wagons in Market Square at 25 cents a bushel. Lemuel Andrews raised an apple in his orchard in Greenbush (East Rock Island) which measures 12-and-a-half inches in circumference.

1878 -- 125 years ago
John B. Hawley, assistant secretary of the treasury, has come home from Washington and is vacationing in his home on Moline (5th) Avenue, Rock Island.

1903 -- 100 years ago
E.E. Guyer, I.S. White, W.H. Marshall and Ira Carr left today on a two-week fishing trip at Hayward, Wisconsin.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Cool, autumn-like weather (51 degrees) failed to curtail attendance at the principal Labor Day programs. Several thousand went to AFL's 39th annual outing held in Connie's Grove near Hillsdale.

1953 -- 50 years ago
One taxicab twice interrupted an otherwise quiet morning for Rock Island firemen. Two times a 1953 model Irish Cab Company taxicab caught fire due to a short in the wires, once at 12:07 a.m. and again at 7:40 a.m.

1978 -- 25 years ago
There are about 1,300 fewer students sitting in Illinois Quad-City classrooms this year than last. School officials trace the enrollment drop to the end of the post-war baby boom and to maturing neighborhoods in some sections of the Quad-Cities.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance.
1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.




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