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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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