Day in history for September 26, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
There is a great demand for laborers and mechanics of all kinds in Rock Island. All who are willing to work can get steady employment at good wages.

1878 -- 125 years ago
While digging in the Weyerhaeuser and Denkmann lumber yard city workmen unearthed human bones. One skull was in very good condition.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Rock Island schools completed the second week of the fall term yesterday with a total enrollment of 3,309.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Driver of the car which struck and killed Charles F. Stauduhar is held on manslaughter charge.

1953 -- 50 years ago
Full scale operations were begun today at Rock Island Millwork Company as 399 members of Local 788 Carpenters and Joiners, returned to their jobs following a strike of 15 weeks duration. The union spokesman said that although the increase was below the 14-cent raise the union sought, it will be accepted conditional to continued negotiations.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Family, and research into the Hemingway genealogy, brought the former wife of Leicester Hemingway to Prophetstown to vist her second cousin-in-law, Virginia Sibley. A resident of Silver Springs, Maryland, Patricia Hemingway has spent a good deal of time researching the roots of her husband's family. Despite the depth of her work, her brother-in-law Ernest still seems to shine as its most colorful character.

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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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