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: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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