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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