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: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.




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