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: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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