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: 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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