Day in history for September 6, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The name of the Post Office at Edgington in this county has been changed to Holly.

1878 -- 125 years ago
A meeting has been called for Sunday in courthouse square in behalf of yellow fever sufferers in the south. The call for aid was signed here by Thomas Murdock, Cornelius Lynde, Phil Mitchell, T.J. Robinson, J.M. Buford, P.L. Mitchell and B.D. Buford.

1903 -- 100 years ago
New rates were explained when local lodges of the Ancient Order of United Workmen met last week.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Harold V. Almquist, Minnesota University football star, arrived in Rock Island to become football coach at Augustana College.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Rock Island police and firemen launched a full-scale investigation into possible arson as the cause of four fires in and adjacent to a 3-car garage at the Hodgson Funeral Home, 608 20th St., Rock Island. The fourth and most serious blaze, causing an estimated $800 damage, occurred at 8:17 p.m. Monday.

1978 -- 25 years ago
The Rev. Raymond Boyle, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Silvis for the past three years, attended the investiture of Pope John Paul I in Rome. In scenes shown on area television stations, Father Boyle was directly behind the pontiff. He also was among the hundreds of pastors from around the world who distributed Holy Communion during the mass in St. Peter's Square.

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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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