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: 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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