Day in history for September 7, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The executive committee for promotion of the annual agriculture fair met at the courthouse. A committee of ladies was named to prepare the courthouse for the fair. The general committee chosen consists of George Mixter, Jacob Sailor and Frazer Wilson.

1878 -- 125 years ago
William McConnell, a Blackhawk Township farmer, brought a load of oats to market totaling 121 bushels. This is the largest load of the season by one team.

1903 -- 100 years ago
William Crum, the baseball player who was operated on for removal of a clot on his brain, is in critical condition in St. Anthony's Hospital.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Orchestra musicians of Tri-City movie houses are on strike, protesting the introduction of ``talkies.''

1953 -- 50 years ago
Annawan Bolders Guild team copped top honors at the annual Labor Day rolle bolle tournament held at Arena Gardens in East Moline. The event was sponsored by the Hand-in-Hand Bolders Club. Members of the winning team are Lawrence DeSplinter, Francis DeDecker and Elmer Minnaert.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Judy Fuller's first date ended with her boyfriend's new car sitting in a Green Rock sewer installation hole, and with her father yelling at city council members to go tow it out. The sewer installation hole, more than five feet deep and unbarricaded, was just across from the Fuller home, located at 613 5th St.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff."
1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.




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