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: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.






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