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: 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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