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: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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