Day in history for September 29, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
Job for grading of railroad across island taken by F.P. Reynolds and Company. Is sure sign work will be done well and quickly.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Major Beardsley's horse ``Baby'' is fast gaining a reputation as a trotter. At Burlington, the horse was entered with such horses as ``Mountain Quail'' and took second money.

1903 -- 100 years ago
Col. Alexander Mackenzie, assistant to the chief of the United States Engineers, was here visiting old friends.

1928 -- 75 years ago
Cubs take Giants 6-2 to give Cardinals the National League pennant today.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The necessity for employing a watchman at Rock Island's city dump and charging a fee for private area space are being given serious consideration, city manager Conny Bodine reported today. There have been numerous fires in the dump, the latest at 8:20 o'clock this morning.

1978 -- 25 years ago
A jogging and biking trail patterned after Davenport's 10-mile course along Duck Creek should be constructed in Moline. The jogging trail with exercise stations was one of only three suggestions made at a public hearing on how the city should spend $800,000 next year in federal Housing and Community Development Act money. The other two suggestions were to help preserve and protect historical records stored at the Rock Island County Historical Society in Moline and provide special parking downtown for the elderly.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural.
1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m..
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.







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