Day in history for September 8, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Mr. Smith, who has bought the Hadsell House, has started to enlarge it into a 4-story hotel. It is hoped that it will be finished before the railroad cars arrive.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Attorney Oliver Olson, who has been confined to his home with an injured knee, was able to go riding in his buggy today.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The first annual basket picnic of the Rock Island and Scott Counties Masonic Social Association was held today in Prospect Park, Moline.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Benjamin Kenter, a member of a Rock Island produce firm, was stopped by four bandits on the outskirts of Chicago today and was robbed of his truck, 1,600 chickens and $11 in cash.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Workmen began dismantling two of Davenport's old landmarks, the gas towers on W. 2nd St., as modern gas consumption with the advent of natural gas has required the outmoded and small reservoirs to pass into the scrap mills. Owned by the Iowa-Illinois Gas And Electric Co., the towers have been sold to the Alter Company as scrap metal.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A seventh theater soon will join Showcase Cinemas 1-2-3-4-5-6 in Milan. Construction has begun on the addition to the complex, located on U.S. 67 and Andalusia Road. Alex Castoldi, vice president and general manager of Redstone Theaters, which owns the Milan moviehouses, said the new theater should be open within three or four months.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Sheriff McLaughlin had the misfortune to dislocate his right shoulder some days ago when his carriage upset. He is now able to walk about but has a very sore shoulder.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A kindergarten was started in the downtown district of Rock Island with the Misses Dodie Hawes and Grace Knowlton as teachers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Pope Pius X died in Rome.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater was named Esquire.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The J.I. Case Co. plant in Bettendorf will add from 150 to 200 employees by Jan. 1 a spokesman for the company said today. The Bettendorf Works today had a payroll of 1,350, but an increased production schedule will require additional people.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illowa Council Boy Scouts of America reached and passed its campaign goal in a drive that began 14 months ago by raising more than $2.2 million for the expansion of Loud Thunder Reservation near Andalusia.






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