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 weather is discouraging for our great Democratic rally tomorrow, but never mind that. Let our Rock Island people show they can make a big procession themselves, rain or shine.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Apparatus arrived for drilling an artesian well on the premises of George Warner's Atlantic Brewery.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army continued its attacks on the allies line near the Belgian coast.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Zachert northwest of Buffalo Prairie, burned to the ground.
1964 -- 50 years ago: WVIK-FM, noncommercial educational radio station at Augustana College, will return to the air tomorrow. The station operates at a power of 10 watts at 90.9 megacycles on the frequency modulation band. The station is operated with a staff of 92 students.
1989 -- 25 years ago: An avenue of lights, 13 Christmas trees strung with more than 44,000 sparkling lights, will expand the Festival of Trees beyond the walls of RiverCenter in downtown Davenport in mid-November.


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