Day in history for September 9, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
S.M. Ewing and some other Moline men have bought the steamboat Greek Slave. The boat will remain in the St. Paul-St. Louis trade.

1878 -- 125 years ago
W.S. Campbell addressed a temperance meeting today. Dr. A.J. Perry of Chicago will address the Reform Club three evenings next week.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Friends surprised G.C. Wallick on his 87th birthday at his home in Edgewood Park and presented him with a handsome rocking chair.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Republicans held a rally for the Hoover-Curtis presidential ticket in Market Square, Rock Island.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Pranksters, believed to be youngsters, took a good deal of the starch out of the Davenport Police Department's crackdown on speeders by erecting a cardboard sign on a broom pole several blocks in front of the speed analyzer. Several hours passed and only a few offenders were caught.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Harry Dale is a determined man. After three years of pondering and a year of building, his brainchild, the Pav-Saver, is now at work on Moline's 5th Avenue redevelopment project, smoothing out concrete and forming curbing automatically in less than half the time it would take a well-trained construction crew. By combining three functions, the Pav-Saver has cut labor costs by 70 percent. It can lay 300 cubic yards of concrete in an hour.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.






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