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 are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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